National Burn Awareness Week and Cooking Safety Tips
Every year, The American Burn Association observes the first full week in February as National Burn Awareness Week (NBAW). The 2022 theme is Burning Issues in the Kitchen. Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in the United States, and the American Burn Association reports 47% of all home fires are caused by cooking. Below are a few tips to keep you and your family safe while cooking in your Decatur home:
- Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Keep a pan lid and dry potholders or oven mitts near you every time you cook.
- When heating food in the microwave, only use microwave-safe cookware that allows steam to escape and allow food to rest before removing it from the microwave.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, turn off the stove.
- After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and other appliances are turned off.
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