Cooking & Fire Safety Tips for Apartment Living
Cooking can provide a wonderful outlet for relaxation and creativity – not to mention a great opportunity for socialization and fun entertaining friends and family! But, did you know that unattended cooking is the #1 cause of household fires?
Here are some helpful tips that will assist you with cooking safely in your apartment home:
Be Alert and Aware
- Avoid cooking when you're tired.
- Never leave your apartment with anything cooking on the stove top or in the oven.
- Stay in the kitchen while you're cooking.
- If you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or use a timer to remind yourself that something is cooking.
Fire Safety Tips
- Clear cooking areas of items that can catch fire (e.g., towels, oven mitts, utensils, curtains, food packaging, etc.), and be cautious with loose-fitting clothing near burners.
- Grease and fats are highly susceptible to ignition, so frying has the greatest risk of fire.
- Do not store items in your oven or broiler drawer.
When in Doubt – Get Out!
- If you have a small cooking fire on the stove top, turn off the burner and try sliding a lid over the pan. Keep the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For a small oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed.
- An all-purpose fire extinguisher may be used on small fires. Never throw water on grease or electrical fires.
- If there is a fire, leave the apartment immediately and close the door. Do not return for any reason.
- If possible, try to alert your neighbors when leaving the building.
- Call 9-1-1 from a safe location outside the apartment building.
For more information, please visit the National Fire Protection Association
Your safety, and the safety of everyone in your apartment community, is extremely important!