Whether you’re baking cookies, roasting a turkey or preparing to roast some chestnuts over an open fire, the Enterprise Fire Department wants to remind you to watch what you’re cooking and use a timer during the holidays.
“We know there’s a lot going on this time of year, and it’s easy to get distracted, Enterprise Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Beasley said. “You need to really focus on and pay attention to what you’re doing in the kitchen. Cooking is one of the main causes of house fires, no matter the season.”
Follow these tips to prevent fires:
- Watch what you’re cooking. If you see any smoke, turn off the burner or oven.
- Use your oven timer. In case of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed.
- Don’t leave your stovetop unattended. When you leave the kitchen, turn off the burners.
“Your kids may want to help you in the kitchen, but it’s best to keep a three-foot radius around the oven and stove,” Beasley said. “The last thing you want is your child or pet to get hurt because something popped or spilled.”
Beasley also said to turn pot handles inward toward the back of the stove to prevent someone from bumping them or accidentally pulling them over.
“Keep your stovetop clear of anything that could catch fire like potholders, towels or packaging. Just be aware of your surroundings and practice fire safety so you and your family can really enjoy the holidays.”
The Enterprise Fire Department recommends checking your smoke alarms at least once a week. If any city residents do not have a working smoke alarm, call or visit Central Fire Station to pick up one for free.