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Tips to keep the kitchen safe during holiday cooking

Each year, hundreds of fires are sparked in Oregon by cooking, many of which can be avoided with proper fire safety. Whether you are cooking a holiday dinner or a snack for children, the Stayton Fire District shares practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe.

Keep the simple actions below in mind every time you step into the kitchen to cook.

• Keep an eye on what you’re cooking; don’t leave cooking unattended.

• Keep your cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (potholders, food packaging, towels, etc.) and wipe up surface spills.

• Create a three-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the stove.

• Older children should only cook with permission and under the supervision of an adult.

• Have a lid or cookie sheet within reach while cooking (to smother flames) in case of a fire.

What to do if a fire sparks

• Put a lid on it! Slide a lid over the pan (from the side) and then turn off the burner.

• Don’t move the pan until the fire is completely extinguished and cooled; don’t try transferring the pan to the sink.

If you cannot extinguish the fire

• Get you and your family safely out of the house.

• If you can, close doors as you escape to help contain the fire.

• Call 911 from a safe place (outside).

• Let firefighters know if everyone is out of the building.

Other holiday safety tips

• Make sure your smoke alarms are working.

• Do not overload electrical outlets.

• Use battery operated candles.

• Check decorations for certification label.

• Keep combustibles at least three feet away from heat sources.

• Never leave a source of fire or heat unattended.

• Never use charcoal or propane devices indoors.

• Water tree daily.

• Turn off , unplug and extinguish all decorations when leaving the house or going to sleep

• Stay in the kitchen when cooking.

• Close your doors when sleeping.

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