Posted on November 17, 2011 00:00
|What's cookin'? With the Holiday season fast approaching, The Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue would like to remind the community to “watch what you heat!” Local fire officials have recently seen an influx of cooking fires. Some of the fires have been quickly extinguished with little damage while others have resulted in major property damage and personal injury.
Please keep the following tips in mind when cooking:
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol do not use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
Fire and Life Safety Educators are always available for interviews or to answer any questions you may have. Contact Meg Langston at 910-343-4784 or Wendy Giannini King at 910-342-2731.