During this challenging time, our families are doing more cooking at home instead of eating at restaurants. It’s important to remember that cooking fires are the No.1 cause of home fires and home injuries- usually because of unattended cooking. October is National Fire Prevention Month, and NMSU’s Fire Department has a few simple tips from the National Fire Protection Association to help protect your family and your home.
What you should know about home cooking safety
- Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stove top.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire- oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
- If you have a cooking fire, just get out. Leave and close the door behind you to contain the fire and call 911 after you leave.
Watch this video from the National Fire Protection Association for more cooking safety tips.