1) Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most significant cooking equipment fire days of the year.
• Limit guests in kitchen who are unfamiliar with the environment.
• Dim lighting and libations exponentially exacerbate the dangers.
2) Limit distraction when the stove is on, warming up or cooling down.
• This includes phone activity, television, texting, turning to speak to guests, etc.
• You can’t multitask effectively.
3) Don’t make the cooking area attractive to children.
• Keep cookies, cookbooks, flowers and other items that would attract attention
to the area away from the cooking zone.
4) Remember that paper ignites at 451F without a flame.
• Be mindful when using cookbooks or recipes from magazines.
5) Gas cooking equipment needs to have a Residual Heat Indicator to indicate when the grates
are hot after use, and safe to touch or clean.
• Quickly touching the grate to ascertain the temperature can cause a severe burn.
• Manufacturers have the technology and ability to do use RHIs, but have chosen not to.
1) Treat fireplaces as if they are always hot.
2) There is no way to tell whether or not a mesh screen, grate or barrier is hot.
3) Glass-fronted fireplaces can remain dangerously hot 45 minutes after shut-down.
• The current maximum temperature allowed for these units is 1,328F!
4) On glass-front fireplaces, glass barrier does not prevent heat transfer.
• This is NOT like the window on an oven door.
• Some are decorative, some heat producing.
• There are no visual cues to distinguish between the two.
5) Keep all fireplace tools out of children’s reach.
6) Damaged or bent screens must be replaced.
• Any dents put the grate/mesh closer to the dangerously hot glass.
7) Maintain a safe distance from the unit.
• If not secured, children can move the grate/barrier which may grow dangerously hot, and result in a full body burn if the grate/barrier falls on them.
If Burn Occurs
1) Go to the emergency room, nearest treat-and-release or urgent care center.
2) If it is a bad burn, call 911. Second and third degree burns can be very painful, and
painkillers are often given immediately.