How to prevent cooking fires this holiday season

Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 15:26:52-05

It’s that time of year once again. Time to spend time with loved ones and cook delicious holiday favorites.

Something that is top of mind amid the dry climate of California is fire danger.

According to Cal Fire, most house fires begin in the kitchen as a result of cooking.

If you plan on cooking, Cal Fire has recommended a number of tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season:

  • Keep children a safe distance from hot liquids and cooking surfaces.
  • Clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly and wipe up spilled grease as soon as the surface of the stove is cool.
  • It's wise to have a fire extinguisher near the kitchen. Keep it 10 feet away from the stove on the exit side of the kitchen.
  • Don't store items on the stovetop because they could catch fire.
  • Keep kitchen appliances clean and in good condition.
  • When using a turkey fryer, be sure to follow instructions closely. Don't exceed the recommended oil level and only use the device outdoors!
  • Be sure your stove is not located under a window where curtains are hanging.
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms installed throughout your home.

Cal Fire also recommended a few tips while cooking that perfect turkey dinner:

  • Don't leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  • Always use potholders.
  • Hot grease causes severe burns. Avoid using deep fat fryers around children.
  • Never pour water on a grease fire; turn off the stove and cover the pan with a lid, or close the oven door.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Someone walking by is less likely to bump them or pull them over.
  • If your clothing should catch fire, immediately stop, drop and roll to smother flames.
  • Scalds and burn injuries are on the increase. The highest risks are the very young and the elderly.