FOLLOWING RECENT COOKING FIRES IN NEW HAVEN, FIRE MARSHALL URGES FAMILIES TO FOLLOW SAFETY TIPS IN THE KITCHEN
(9/9/2010) NEW HAVEN- Mayor Due to a spike in the number of persons burned in cooking-related fires in the past week, the New Haven Fire Department and the U.S. Fire Administration urge families to make their kitchen a safe environment for all.
“Cooking fires are preventable,” said Fire Marshall Joseph Cappucci. “Several straightforward and easily implemented steps can be taken by individuals to prevent cooking-related fires and to protect themselves from injury if a fire should occur.”
? Take caution when cooking with oil, butter or other greasy goods that are highly flammable and can easily splatter or spill from pots and pans.
? Do not attempt to extinguish grease-based fires with water as it reacts violently when poured on hot grease or oil
? Small grease fires can be extinguished by placing a cover on the pan or smothering the fire with baking soda
? Alcohol such as wine and liquor, used in food preparation is extremely flammable, take caution when cooking with these substances
? Loose fitting, long sleeved clothing should not be worn while cooking as the cloth may ignite and potentially cause serious injuries.
The leading ignition factor in kitchen fires, unattended equipment, should serve as a reminder to keep an eye on cooking materials at all times. Be cautious when leaving cooking materials for any period of time, such as answering the phone or talking with others. By simply double-checking that all dials on stoves and ovens are off when cooking activities have ended, many fires can be prevented.
Fire extinguishers should be within easy reach of cooks. Many cooking fires occur under normal cooking conditions and cannot be anticipated. The use of extinguishers can prevent small fires from spreading and are especially effective on those fires, such as grease fires, that cannot be easily extinguished by water.
Finally, all homeowners and renters should ensure that smoke alarms are installed and are operating properly. Smoke alarms are an inexpensive and effective way of detecting fires before they get out of control.
Any further questions may be directed to the City of New Haven Fire Marshall’s Office at 203-946-6232.
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