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2021 Cooking Safety Precautions

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

You may think that safety while cooking has become second nature to you at this point, but that doesn't mean that you don't need to be cautious and aware while making your favorite foods! Being aware of the different objects and utensils that you're using while in the kitchen is important, making sure that your station is organized and clean can go a long way in preventing a fire. Most cooking fires start due to negligence, and while not intentional they spread quickly and often take you by surprise!

The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, which is a lot of fires caused by something easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% being caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that can only be dealt with by properly educating people on the ways to prevent it.

Being a head chef or a complete newbie doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely. Be sure to never leave an active stove or other potentially dangerous appliances unattended. Additionally, learning about the different types of fires that can happen in the kitchen (e.g. grease, oil, etc) can go a long way in ensuring that you aren't taken by surprise and know exactly what to do should a situation present itself! Lastly, be sure to have fun while cooking. Making food for friends and family is something that people all around the world enjoy doing in their pastimes, so make some of your favorite dishes and practice safe cooking while doing it!

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