This job can be
so educational. This week, the lessons involve fire safety in areas
around the home in which cooking is done.
That could be in
the kitchen, or outside at the grill on the patio or the deck.
Did you know
that every 4.5 minutes, a fire department responds to a kitchen fire?
Fire Protection Association reported that U.S. fire departments
respond to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires each
year in which cooking equipment is involved.
Insurance says 45 percent of consumers are distracted by television or
music while they are cooking.
With 56 percent
of people planning to cook for family or friends this year, there’s
sure to be distracted summer barbecuing.
warnings are offered by the manufacturer of FireAvert, a device that
shuts electric stoves off automatically in case of fire.
—Always have a
fire extinguisher around kitchens and grills, and make sure your
family knows how to use it.
—Be sure to
replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. They should be tested
regularly to make sure they are working.
your family knows an exit plan to use for escape if a fire starts.
—If you tend
to do a lot of cooking, invest in a second timer. It’s an
inexpensive backup method, ensuring that your summer dishes do not
your grill a safe distance from your house.
a good idea to keep a splatter mat underneath your grill, especially
when it is set on a wooden patio or a deck that’s connected to your
Speaking of fire
dangers, when storms knock out the power, lots of people turn to the
candles Thomas Edison made electric lightbulbs to replace.
candles in sturdy holders and on flat surfaces, the U.S. Fire
—Make sure the
candles are positioned at least 12 inches away from anything that also
and pets away from lit candles.
—Blow out lit
candles when you leave the room, get sleepy, or go to bed.