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Health Tip: Prevent Cooking Fires

Stay focused while you cook

(HealthDay News) -- Most cooking fires are easily prevented if you take a few precautions.

The National Fire Protection Association suggests:

  • Stay alert. Don't cook if you're feeling drowsy or if you've had alcohol.
  • While broiling, grilling, frying or baking, always stay in the kitchen.
  • Set a kitchen timer to help remind you of what's cooking. If you're roasting or simmering food, stay in the kitchen and check it often.
  • Keep your stove top clear. Be careful to keep cooking utensils, oven mitts, towels, curtains and any food packaging away from the flame or heat.

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