Cooking Safely

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Cooking is the #1 cause of residential fires in the Province of Alberta and is responsible for 12% of the fire deaths for seniors. Of all fatalities of seniors 65 and older, 26% of them had a disability of some type.

Follow these fire safety tips so you don't become a statistic:

  • When cooking, wear tight sleeves or short sleeves. When cooking with large flowing sleeves, the material may come in contact with the cooking element and ignite.
  • Keep a pot lid handy when cooking. If a pot or pan catches fire, carefully slide the lid over the top of the pot and turn off the heat. Leave the pot where it is until it has cooled. Don't ever try to carry a burning pot or pan outside or to the sink. Never put water on a grease fire! Pouring baking soda or salt on a grease fire may spatter burning oil on you or other combustible materials.
  • Pay attention when cooking. If you have something on the stove stay in the kitchen until it is finished. If you have to leave the room, turn the stove off or bring an item such as a potholder or oven mitt with you to remind you that you have something on the stove.
  • If your clothing catches fire, STOP DROP and ROLL! Do not run, drop to the floor, cover you face with your hands and roll back and forth until the flames go out. If you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from dropping to the ground, keep a towel or oven mitt handy and use it to smother the fire.

Cooking with Oil:
If you are using cooking oil, heat it slowly and never leave the pot or pan unattended. Keep close at hand a large lid that would fully cover any cooking vessels on the stove. If the oil or grease should catch fire, the lid can be put over the flames to smother them. Never try to put out an oil or grease fire with water. It will spatter, possibly spreading the fire.

Please watch this video and see what happens when you try to put out a grease fire with water!

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