Cooking & Holiday Entertaining

  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended; always supervise children in cooking areas.
  • Keep flammable materials – such as oven mitts, utensils, wrappers and towels – away from the stove.
  • Every kitchen should have a working, multi-purpose fire extinguisher with an ABC rating.
  • Don’t forget to turn off your oven, fryer, barbecue and stove-top burners.
  • Stay alert. If you are tired or consuming alcohol, don’t cook because you are more likely to make mistakes.
  • If you or your guests smoke, provide plenty of large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. Cigarette butts can smolder in the trash and cause a fire, so completely douse cigarette butts with water before discarding.
  • After a party, always check on, between and under upholstery and cushions and inside trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are operational.