Pay particular attention while cooking, especially when using oils and grease.
Cooking appliances should be kept clean of grease build-up, which can easily ignite.
Always have a lid handy to cover and extinguish a small pan grease fire.
If a fire starts inside your oven, turn off the heat and leave the door closed to cut off the fire’s air supply.
Create a three foot “child free zone” around the stove.
Keep pot handles turned to the inside so they won’t be pulled or knocked over.
Check stoves and other appliances before going to bed or leaving your home to make sure that the units are left in the “off” position.
With the increased popularity of frying turkey, NFPA and the National Burn Foundation warn consumers and discourage the use of turkey fryers. Tests have shown that many of the fryers have a risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil, leading to fires and burns. The suggested alternative is to have a commercial professional prepare the turkey.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS and CHRISTMAS TREES
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets.
To avoid overloading electrical outlets, do not link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe.
However tempting, it is not recommended to leave your lights burning overnight or while you are away from home.
Before placing your tree in the stand make a fresh cut on the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is a least three feet away from any heat source and is NOT blocking an exit.
Be sure to add water daily.
If you choose to use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down.
Never leave lit candles unattended.
Lit candles should not be placed on or near your Christmas tree or near anything that can burn.
Young children can be fascinated with a burning flame, so be sure candles are not in reach of curious hands.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
□ CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.