November 24 2015

Fire Department Provides Cooking Safety Tips to Avoid Fire in the Kitchen


The Burlington Fire Department is offering some kitchen and cooking safety tips to keep everyone safe during the holiday season.  

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and Chief Steve Yetman would like to advise residents to follow several cooking safety procedures to best ensure the community has a happy holiday.

"If you are cooking for family and friends, please make sure you use caution when working by the stove, oven or fryer," Chief Yetman said in a release. "Monitor items closely and keep children away from areas where burns from hot apparatuses or splashing and spilled food could occur."

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, cooking was the leading cause of residential fire injuries in 2014, resulting in two civilian deaths, 83 civilian injuries, 22 firefighter injuries and an estimated $11.8 million in property damage, the release states. To avoid tragedy this season, Yetman recommends residents follow several safety tips outlined by State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan:

• Stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying, or broiling food.


• Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house while the oven is on.


• Move anything that can catch fire — pot holders, towels, paper or plastic bags — away from your stove top.


• In the event that a fire occurs on a stove-top, put a lid on the burner and turn off the heat. Keep doors closed and the appliance off if a fire happens in an oven, broiler or microwave. Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire and the force of the extinguisher can splash flaming grease out of the pan.


• If your clothing catches fire, “stop, drop and roll” to put out the flames. Run cool water on burns or call 911 if the injury is serious.


• If the fire is not quickly snuffed out, leave the house and call the fire department.


• Keep children 3 feet away from the stove to prevent burns.


• Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working prior to the holiday.

The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of turkey fryers, as they can lead to devastating burns, injuries and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used.

For more information or questions contact the Burlington Fire Department at 781-272-2211.

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