As you work to promote this year’s “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” messages in your community, use our cooking safety checklist as a tool for parents or caregivers to talk with children about safety in the kitchen. It’s a great resource for making sure entire households understand and follow basic but critical cooking safety practices. Encourage people to post it on a refrigerator, bulletin board, or even inside a kitchen cabinet – anywhere it can be easily reviewed when needed.
Here are some of the questions included in the checklist:
- Does a grown-up always pay attention to things that are cooking?
- Does a grown-up watch the stovetop when he or she is frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food?
- If a grown-up must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, does he or she turns o‑ the burner?
- Are things that can burn, such as dish towels, curtains, or paper, away from the stovetop?
- Are the stovetop, burners, and oven clean — no spilled food, grease, paper or bags?
- Are pot handles turned toward the back of the stove when a grown-up is cooking?
- Do children and pets stay out of the kid-free zone (3 feet or 1 meter from the stove) when a grown-up is cooking?
- Are containers opened slowly when removing from the microwave? Hot steam can escape from containers and cause burns.
We hope your Fire Prevention Week efforts are off to a great start! Remember to check out all the cooking safety resources we’ve provided this year! Also, please continue to share our social media posts to reach as many people as possible with this year’s cooking safety messages and keep up the amazing work!