Keep an eye on what you fry; a fire safety lesson for everyone

Blog Post created by judycomoletti Employee on Apr 1, 2013

Cooking 2Stay in the kitchen when you fry! A lesson I need to teach my husband, Gary. Gary is fortunate to be able to occasionally work from home. I am even more fortunate because on those days dinner is ready when I arrive home from work. He had one of those “work at home” days last week. Dinner was Italian sausages with peppers and onions. I arrived home and dinner was ready. As we began to eat he told me that there was an issue while he was frying the sausages. Of course I wanted to know more. Gary proceeded to tell me that he put the sausages in a frying pan to begin browning them on the stovetop. He then went back to his office to continue working. He continued working until all the smoke alarms sounded and announced “fire, fire”. Gary immediately went to the kitchen where he found lots of smoke. He turned off the stovetop burner, opened a window and turned on the ceiling fan. Fortunately, this was just a smoke issue, but it could have been much worse.

This is a lesson for everyone – especially Gary. Stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop! I need your help in spreading this very important safety message. NFPA has a cooking community kit and safety tips sheet on this leading cause of fires in the home – unattended cooking. All the information you need is ready for you to use.

Dinner was great and Gary washed the frying pan!