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Cook with Caution

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GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing, but did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries?

By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires. Here are some tips for cooking safety:

- Be on alert, if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

- If you are 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.

- Keep anything that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from your stovetop. If you have a small grease cooking fire on the stovetop, smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

- Have a kid-free zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you have any doubt about fire:

- Get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

For more information, please contact the Fire Prevention Office at 654-3539/5577