Safe cooking tips for Thanksgiving

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and related injuries in the U.S., according to the Gastonia Fire Departments.

Gastonia Fire along with the National Fire Protection Association say following the guidelines below could help with avoiding fires.

  1. Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stove top.
  2. Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  3. When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  4. Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stove top.

If you have a cooking fire…

  1. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear pathway out of the home, and someone has called the fire department.
  4. Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  5. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.