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Posted on: February 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Burning Issues in the Kitchen

Burn Awareness Week

National Burn Awareness Week is February 6-12, 2022 and the Carbondale Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to share a Burn Awareness and Prevention message from the American Burn Association with our community. 

  • 47% of all home fires are caused by cooking
  • Preventing a burn injury is always better than the pain and trauma of medical treatment afterward
  • The best time to cook is when you are wide awake, and not drowsy from medications or alcohol
  • Always wipe clean the stove, oven, exhaust fan to prevent grease buildup
  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking
  • Keep a pan lid and dry potholders or oven mitts near you EVERY time you cook
  • Turn pot or panhandles toward the back of the stove
  • When heating food in the microwave, use microwave-safe cookware that allows steam to escape
  • Allow food to rest before removing it from the microwave
  • When frying, use a pan lid or splash guard to prevent grease splatter
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, 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 to check on your cooking
  • Cook on the back burners of the stove when possible
  • After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off
  • Adults >65 are at much higher risk of injury and death from a kitchen fire due to physical, visual, hearing, or mental impairments that may slow the quick action necessary in a fire emergency
  • The thinner skin of older adults burn faster and deeper

For more education on cooking safety, please read Cooking Safety for All provided by the American Burn Association.

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