Behind The Lines: Fire Safety In The Kitchen

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MINT HILL, NC – As we approach the “BIG MEAL DAY,” on the 25th, the Mint Hill Fire Department would like to remind everyone of some fire safety tips for the kitchen.  Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and fire-related injuries in the home. Whether you’re preparing a meal or making a quick snack, these tips can help keep members of your household safe.

  • Never leave your stove unattended while cooking. Stay in the kitchen, and do not leave cooking food unattended for any amount of time.
  • Keep your cooking area free of combustible materials like wrappings, paper products and towels.
  • Keep children away from working stoves, ovens, or any type of cookers. The best bet is to not allow them in the kitchen if you are cooking.
  • Turn pot and pan handles toward the back of the stove so that they can’t be bumped and children can’t grab them.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close to but not in the kitchen so you can access it in case of a kitchen fire. Make sure you have the correct type of extinguisher (the fire department recommends an ABC dry chemical extinguisher) and know how to properly use it.
  • Keep cooking equipment clean as buildup can create a fire hazard.
  • Dress appropriately for cooking. Loose clothing can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Let grease cool before disposing of it. Do not pour grease or oil down the drain.
  • Be awake and alert when you are cooking. Do not operate kitchen appliances if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
  • Never grab a pot or pan with an open flame and try to carry it outside. The moving air will increase the size of the flames, and they will come directly to you as you walk or run. Cover the pot or pan with a lid to cut off the air to the flame.
  • Always make sure that the smoke detectors throughout your house are in good working order.
  • If you have a fire in your home, make sure that all family members are safely out of the house, and call 911 as quickly as you possibly can so that we can be on our way to help you ASAP!

We hope everyone has a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
Be safe and enjoy your families, friends, and food.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: