There’s a good chance that this Sunday’s square-off between the Philadelphia Eagles and the reigning NFL champs, the New England Patriots, will be the most-watched Super Bowl of all time. Last year 113.7 million people watched in combined television and online viewing. Since then, more streaming options have become available. Lots of people viewing the extravaganza means lots of cooking and food preparation in the kitchen. Be sure to put fire safety in your line up.
Prepare your cooking area. Keep anything that can catch fire–oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains–away from the stovetop. Have a kid-free zone of at least three feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, boiling, broiling, or grilling food. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Many smart phones come with a timer.
Stay awake. Be on alert while cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop. If you have a small grease fire and decide to fight a fire on the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning the burner off. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Share these and other NFPA cooking safety tips with your family and friends.