Holyoke Fire Department: Kitchen Fires Are Preventable
Fire Lt. Tom Paquin told us in the past 2 years they’ve had well over a hundred cases involving cooking fires.
“We’ve got in 2011 and 2012, and this includes anything from burnt food on the stove to a stove catching on fire…117 incidents that we have recorded as cooking fires,” says Paquin.
He says they’re common and you can get out of control easily, but they are preventable.
“80% of home fires are started cooking in the kitchen, so we’re trying to prevent that from happening. Stand by your pan is the motto. Put the lid on it, turn the flames off and that should put out your fire,” explains Paquin.
He says it’s important to keep anything flammable away from gas burners.
You also want to keep children away from the stove while cooking and don’t cook if you’re very tired, drinking, or using drugs.