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How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove - until smoke filled the house? If this sounds familiar you may be at risk for a dangerous fire.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Latest statistics from NFPA say that one out of every three home fires started in the kitchen and more than 140,000 fires a year were related to cooking.
The majority of these fires start when cooking is left unattended. Often when firefighters are called to a cooking-related fire residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Unfortunately, that's all it takes to go from routine to disaster. There is no safe period of time for a cook to step away from a hot stove. Ensure that you have a functional, all-purpose (ABC) fire extinguisher near an exit door and learn the manufacturer's instructions for its use.
If a Fire Starts on the Stove
If a Fire Starts in the Oven
If a Fire Starts in the Microwave
If the Fire Does Not Go Out...
Leave the house immediately and call the fire department (911) from a neighbour's house.
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