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Winter Holiday Safety

The Winter holidays are typically a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy each others company, along with indulging in delightful feasts.  It also means a greater risk for fire. 

Nearly all cooking equipment fires start with the ignition of food, other cooking materials (e.g., grease, cooking oil), or other items normally found or installed in a kitchen (e.g., cabinets, wall coverings, paper or plastic bags, curtains).

“Cooking fires can easily be prevented by following a few simple precautions., “As much as unexpected guests are sometimes a part of the holidays, you don’t want the fire department arriving because your feast is going up in flames.”

Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season. NFPA offers these tips for safer cooking:

Stand by your pan

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, boiling or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep in mind that you should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Loose clothing can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.

No kids allowed

  • Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove.
  • If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible, and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk that pots with hot contents will be knocked over.
  • Never hold a small child while cooking.

Keep it clean

  • Keep anything that can catch fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and the stove top.

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The Redondo Beach Fire Department wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday season. 

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