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Don’t Invite Firefighters to Dinner This Holiday Season

Post Date:11/09/2018

Pan fire in a kitchenThe holiday season is a time filled with family gatherings and often great food. But, during this season we also see a spike in kitchen fires which are the leading cause of injuries in the home.

The Hillsboro Fire Department offers a few simple tips so you can enjoy your time in the kitchen and not have a firefighter join you.

  • Carefully follow all directions for operating cooking equipment, especially grills and deep fat fryers. Heat all cooking oils slowly. Turning a burner up high to speed up the cooking process is a sure way to end up with a flaming pan.
  • As hard as it may be, avoid distractions. Stay in the kitchen while cooking is underway. Assign others to get the door or answer the phone allowing you to focus on preparing the holiday meal.
  • In many homes the kitchen becomes the family gathering area as the meal is prepared. To protect children from accidental scalds and burns ensure that there is a three foot “kid-free zone” around the stove and oven.
  • If you do have a cooking fire, the easiest way to extinguish it is to place a lid over the pan and turn off the heat. Baking soda can put out spot fire outside of the pan and a fire extinguisher is your last resort. If in doubt, simply get out and call 9-1-1.
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