We all enjoy the holiday season. Getting together with family and friends to enjoy some traditional holiday food is something that many of us hold close to our hearts. However, the holiday season can involve many activities and distractions that can contribute to us being unfocused in the kitchen. Unfortunately, this is when accidents can occur.
The National Fire Protection Association has stated that cooking fires are the leading cause of fires and injuries within the home, and with this in mind, it’s imperative to stay alert when you’re cooking throughout the holidays.
Some important aspects to remember when cooking include:
- Never consider cooking when you’ve been drinking alcohol, or if you’re very tired.
- Always stay in the kitchen when you’re broiling, frying, grilling, or boiling food.
- Always regularly check on food that’s being roasted, baked, or is simmering, and set a timer to tell you when it’s ready.
- Never leave anything that can catch fire near your stove top.
In the event of a cooking fire, remember the following:
- Turn off the oven if it’s on fire, and keep the door closed.
- Keep a lid handy while you’re cooking so you can smother any small grease fires.
- Leave the kitchen immediately, closing the door to help contain the fire.
- Vacate your home immediately, forgetting about rescuing any possessions.
- Call your local emergency number or 911 when you’ve safely got yourself, and your loved ones out of your home.
Considerations When You’re Cooking with Oil
Whether you’re sautéing or frying, during the holidays it’s likely you’ll be using oil in your cooking, so it’s crucial to know how to use it safely by remembering the following:
- Bring oil up to temperature slowly to avoid any splattering.
- Add your food gently to your pan.
- Never leave the food you’re frying unattended.
- Watch your pot or pan carefully, and if you find the oil smells, or you see wisps of smoke, turn the burner off immediately, and carefully remove the pan from the burner.
In 2014, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were two of the leading dates for home fires caused by cooking or baking. By staying on top of things in the kitchen, ensuring your smoke detectors are working, and investing in a kitchen fire extinguisher that’s rated for all types of fires, you can ensure your holiday season is merry, safe, and lots of fun.
Be sure to check in with us here at BOLT Insurance Agency to ensure that your homeowners insurance policy is up-to-date, and that you’re protected in the event of a cooking fire this holiday season. Call us at 1-800-216-4171.