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Cooking with Care

Post Date:01/31/2012

A Public Service Announcement from Bend Fire & Rescue

January 31, 2012

For Immediate Release

For More Information: Cindy Kettering, Deputy Fire Marshal
City of Bend Fire Department
Pager (541) 693-6274 Ofc (541) 322-6383

The Bend Fire Department recently responded to a reported grease fire on the stove top in a residence. The occupant attempted to extinguish the fire using blankets, which was not effective and the resulting fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the home and contents.

Did you know that in Oregon, cooking is the number one cause of fire-related injuries? In 2010, there were 756 cooking-related fires across the state, resulting in one death, 49 injuries, and an estimated $7.1 million in property damage. Nationwide, cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires. While these types of fires are very common, they are also very easy to prevent. Follow these safety tips in the kitchen to keep your family safe and sound. Remember: Home fire safety is up to you!

  • Keep your cooking areas clean, including the stovetop, oven, and exhaust fan.
  • Keep dish towels, paper towels, pot holders, food packaging, and other combustibles away from heat sources in the kitchen – this includes the range, oven, toaster, coffeepot, and any other heat-producing appliance!
  • Don’t wear long, loose sleeves or loose-fitting clothing while cooking – clothing can melt, ignite, or catch on handles of pots and pans. 
  • Create a 3-foot kid and pet-free zone around the kitchen range – no exceptions! Teach your children that the stove is off-limits. 
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the back of the range to prevent them from being knocked off the stovetop. 
  •  Never leave cooking unattended, even for “just a minute”. If you have to leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. 
  • Cooking oil can ignite quickly. Heat oil slowly and watch it carefully. 
  • If a fire starts in a pan, stay calm. Never put water on it or try to move the pan. Instead, slide a lid over the pan and turn the burner off. If you don’t have a lid for the pan, a metal cookie sheet will work too! 
  • In case of a fire in the oven, keep the oven door closed and turn off the heat. 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home, and know how to use it. 
  • If you are unable to safely extinguish the fire, evacuate, go to a safe location, and call 9-1-1.

Working Smoke Alarms, Home Fire Escape Plans, and Home Fire Sprinklers save lives.
Test your smoke alarms and practice your Home Fire Escape Plan today!

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