• Cooking hazards are the #1 cause of home fires
  • Older adults account for more than 30% of fire-related deaths annually

Kitchen Safety Practices 

  1. Stay in the kitchen at all times when you’re cooking
  2. Keep flammable items away from the stovetop and other hot surfaces
  3. Unplug countertop appliances when not in use
  4. Never use an over for heating your home

Four Kitchen Safety Tips to Live By

  1. Never cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol or have taken medications that make you drowsy
  2. Use a timer to remind you to check on food that is simmering or in the oven
  3. Double check that oven burners and appliances are off when you are done cooking
  4. Use ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected outlets for countertop appliances. Found mostly in areas where electrical products might come in contact with water, GFCIs protect against shock and electrocution