Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Cooking Safety


Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the United States, accounting for 40 percent of all home fires. Follow these tips to help reduce injury.

Prevent cooking fires

  • Stay nearby when cooking. Pay special attention while frying, grilling,.. or broiling food. If you leave the room for any reason while cooking, turn the stove off.
  • When cooking something for a long period of time, such as baking, check on it frequently.
  • Use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything flammable (ex: dish towels, plastic or paper bags) at least three feet from the stove or other hot surfaces.
  • Keep the oven, stove top, and burners clear from food or other debris.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing around a burner. Roll up long sleeves and tuck long shirts in.

Smoke alarms

  • Mount smoke alarms away from kitchens so they do not become a nuisance.
  • If an alarm sounds while cooking, make sure there is not an actual fire. If there is not, press the pause button, open a door or window and fan the area with a towel.
  • Never disable the smoke alarm or remove the batteries.

Grilling safety

  • Ensure your grill is clean and in working order before turning it on.
  • Always keep matches, open flames, and cigarettes away from the grill.
  • Never use a grill indoors or anywhere it could cause a fire.
  • Keep the grill at least ten feet from your home or any other structure.

Need fire safety items? Visit Champ's Corner Store at Children's Hospital for supplies.

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Last Edited: October 28, 2016
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