FIRE SAFETY

If Your Clothes Catch Fire

19Jul.2017

If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover face with hands. Roll over and over or back and forth to put out the fire. Immediately cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes and then seek emergency medical care.

Use Equipment for Intended Purposes Only

19Jul.2017

Cook only with equipment designed and intended for cooking, and heat your home only with equipment designed and intended for heating. There is additional danger of fire, injury, or death if equipment is used for a purpose for which it was not intended.

Prevent Scalds and Burns

19Jul.2017

To prevent spills due to overturn of appliances containing hot food or liquids, use the back burner when possible and/or turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges. Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops. Never use wet oven …

Nuisance Smoke Alarms

19Jul.2017

Move smoke alarms farther away from kitchens according to manufacturers’ instructions and/or install a smoke alarm with a pause button. If a smoke alarm sounds during normal cooking, press the pause button if the smoke alarm has one. Open the door or window or fan the area with a towel to get the air moving. Do not disable the smoke …

Turkey Fryers

19Jul.2017

A longtime food favorite in the southern United States, the delicious deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity thanks to celebrity chefs such as Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse. While some people rave about this tasty creation, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.’s (UL) safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing safety for good taste. “We’re worried by the increasing …

If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, here are some tips for safer use:

19Jul.2017

Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn. Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages. Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping. Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you don’t watch the …