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When you are cooking and you see smoke, flames, even glowing: Don’t open the door to the oven/ toaster oven/ microwave because the air will feed the fire.

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1 When you are cooking and you see smoke, flames, even glowing: Don’t open the door to the oven/ toaster oven/ microwave because the air will feed the fire. Lifting the lid of a pot will also feed the fire. This will expose you to smoke/ fire and your hair or hand could be burned very quickly. If there is a fire: Activate the fire alarm as you evacuate Call 100 or from a safe location If the food isn’t on fire, check if you can safely turn off the power.

2 Cook without burning Keep paper/ plastic (bags, boxes, packaging, etc.) away from the stove top burners, toaster ovens, coffee makers & other cooking appliances. Do not wear loosing fitting clothing because your sleeve could easily catch on fire.

3 If your food starts burning on the stove top, in the oven or microwave Turn off the burner or unplug the toaster oven/ microwave Put on a potholder or oven mitt Slide a lid over the pan and leave the lid on until the pot is cool. If you lift the lid too soon, the air will feed the flames and the smoke will set off a smoke detector nearby. Don’t open the door to the oven/ toaster oven/ microwave because the air will feed the fire. This will help you avoid breathing the smoke and prevent your hair or hand from being burned. If you can’t do this without being burned, then evacuate and activate the fire alarm.

4 If your food starts burning in a toaster oven or microwave: Turn off the oven and/ or pull the plug. Keep the door closed to smother the fire. If you open the door, the air will feed the flames and the smoke will set off the fire alarm. If you can’t do this without being burned, you need to evacuate and activate the fire alarm.

5 What will spread the fire Pouring water on a grease fire in an open pan could spread the burning grease throughout the kitchen Throwing a burnt item in the trash will ignite the trash and/or the plastic liner Running to the sink will fan the flames and could ignite your hair/ clothes

6 Cooking Fires Every year there are more than 90K cooking fires. This is the #1 cause of home fires. The majority of these fires were caused by leaving food cooking unattended! Microwaves have caused many fires at universities. Many fire alarms are caused by cooking (dorms and academic buildings at MIT)


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