Cooking & Baking Safety

With the holidays quickly approaching, we have so much to look forward to, especially when it comes to holiday meals!  Whether it is baking delicious holiday cookies or preparing for a New Year’s feast, you can be sure that your oven will be in high demand for the next few months. Spending so much time in the kitchen means a refresh on cooking and baking safety because without the proper safety guidelines, you could have a recipe for disaster!


According to the U.S. Fire Administration,

  • Watch What You’re Heating – With so much going on, sometimes it is easy to get sidetracked and forget that you preheated the oven or are boiling water. If you turn any heating equipment on, you must remain in the house and nearby. Also, setting a timer is a great way to remind yourself that you are cooking.
  • Always Have a Hand Handy – Always keep oven mitts nearby when baking to prevent burns. Never use a wet oven mitt because they can cause burns.
  • If a Fire Occurs – In cases of an oven fire, turn off the heat and make sure the oven door is closed to prevent burning to you or your clothing.
  • Safety First – Make sure your smoke alarms (link to: ) are installed 10 to 20 feet away from a cooking appliance. Also, remember to test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working.

Never remove your alarm if it sounds during cooking – press the silence button. Remember these helpful tips because you can never be too careful when it comes to something as valuable as your safety this upcoming holiday.


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