Cooking and unattended cooking fires have been the leading cause of home fires in Paragould for several years. Unfortunately, almost all fire related injuries that the Paragould Fire Department witness are caused from grease fires. Please use the following cooking tips to help us reduce the number of cooking fires and injuries related to cooking fires.
- Keep an eye on what you fry. Most cooking fires start when someone is frying food.
- Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. Gradually increase the temperature on your cooktop. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off and allow the temperature to drop.
- Make sure you are awake and alert. Alcohol and some drugs can make you sleepy.
- Wear short sleeves or roll them up so they don't catch on fire.
- Make sure children and pets stay at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Stovetops with front controls are not safe around pets and small children.
- Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.
- Never leave cooking unattended.