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Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of fire injuries.
Deaths due to fires caused by cooking are particularly preventable.
Never leave cooking unattended. A serious fire can start in just seconds.
Always wear short, tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames and heating elements.
Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease build-up which can ignite.
If a fire breaks out while cooking, put a lid on the pan to smother it. Never throw water on a grease fire.
Heat oil gradually to avoid burns from spattering grease. Use extra caution when preparing deep-fried foods.
Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house. Make sure all small appliances are turned off.
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