Holiday Cooking Safety
Whether you’re a seasoned cook or making a festive meal for the first time, you should always keep kitchen safety in mind. By using these simple holiday cooking safety tips, your family and guests will enjoy your meal in no time!
- Start with a clean cooktop! Grease naturally builds up on burners and surfaces over time. Consider cleaning your stove or cooktop prior to making your holiday meal to help prevent grease fires, says the NFPA.
- Never leave any food unattended while cooking, frying, or grilling.
- Always use a timer and continually check what is cooking.
- When frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outdoors and away from any walls or flammable material.
- Don’t place any glass containers such as casserole sheets, or lids on the stove. The heat may cause the glass to explode.
- Keep all pot holders, towels and food wrappers a safe distance from warm surfaces — at least 3 feet.
- Position pot handles so they face inward; to avoid accidental spills and dangerous situations for children and pets.
- While cooking, avoid dangling accessories or loose clothes.
- Unplug any kitchen appliances that are not in use.
- Check to see that all smoke alarms are connected and in working condition. Read more about Fire Alarm Installation and Maintenance on Discover!
If A Fire Occurs:
- If there is a grease fire, never douse with water — that can spread the flames. Instead, turn off all burners and smother the flames with a lid, while wearing an oven mitt. Or you could douse the flames with baking soda.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen for emergencies and know how to properly use it. Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher on Discover!
- Exit the kitchen and call 911 if a fire breaks out.
At ALE Solutions, we understand that sometimes homes and lives are devastated by fire. ALE works with insurance adjusters and their policyholders to ensure the needs of both parties get met in a timely and effective manner. For more information, please visit alesolutions.com