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The Holidays are here and that means lots of cooking and baking – which means more risk has officially entered your kitchen! Cooking at home can be fun, challenging and delicious. However, accidents often result from flare-ups during food preparation or as a result of oven, burner or electrical and gas connection defects. To keep injuries out of the kitchen when you prepare meals, remember these fire prevention and safety techniques.

Cooking Tips

  • Wear tight-fitting clothing that cannot drape over flames or into pans. If you have long hair, tie it back.
  • Do not place oven mitts, hand towels or hot pads on or near the range.
  • When cooking on the stove, turn pan handles inward to prevent from knocking it off and burning yourself.
  • Never place metal dishes or tin foil into the microwave since it can cause sparking. If your microwave does spark without metal inside, turn it off and unplug it.
  • When you are done cooking a meal, double check to make sure that all appliances are turned off.

Appliance Tips

  • Unplug portable appliances such as toasters, blenders and toaster ovens when they are not in use.
  • When cooking on your range, turn on the vent hood fan to minimize any smoking.
  • If your gas range does not light on its own, be extremely careful when lighting in.
  • In the event of a fire, use a fire extinguisher of sprinkle baking soda on the pan to put it out (if covering the pan with its lid or baking sheet doesn’t work first)

Although the fire risk increases when cooking big holidays feasts, don’t let that stop you from having fun in the kitchen and trying new recipes! Stay tuned for our favorite December recipes!! As always, if you have an extra few minutes while lounging around the house, quote yourself online and see how much money we can save you on your home and auto insurance. Visit www.shropshireinsurance.com and click "Get A Quote". 

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