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Cooking fire safety awareness campaign gives cooking safety tips to prevent fires

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph A. Conant and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan are urging residents to use caution while cooking as part of a statewide cooking fire safety public awareness campaign. Cooking is the leading cause for home fires and injuries.

"Cooking is something most of us have to do every day yet it is the leading cause of fires in our community. We're concerned because cooking fires can be fatal, especially for elders, and we must take steps to safeguard our families." Conant said Wednesday.

This campaign also includes important cooking safety tips to prevent home fires:

  • Stand by your pan, when cooking. Never leave food, grease or oils cooking on the stovetop unattended.
  • Put a lid on it. In the case of a grease fire on a pan, slide the lid on the pan to smother the fire, and then turn off the heat. Water or fire extinguishers will not work. They will only spread the fire.
  • Never move a burning pan. You can be badly burned or spread the fire.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking, because loose fitting clothing can easily catch on fire.
  • If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop and roll to put out the flames.

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