'Stand by your pan' this holiday season.

Fall has arrived, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This means we will be spending time celebrating with family and friends and enjoying delicious meals together. We want everyone to have not only a joyous but also a safe holiday season. The leading day for home fires involving cooking is Thanksgiving Day at four times the average; Christmas and Christmas Eve follow.

In 2017, Bellevue firefighters responded to 61 cooking fires, and these were just the ones contained to the kitchen. More had spread to other areas of the home resulting in extensive damage. In some cases, occupants who tried to extinguish the fire themselves were burned.

This video demonstrates how to extinguish a grease fire – and perhaps more importantly – how not to.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost half of reported home fires involved cooking equipment, and the leading contributing factor was unattended cooking. Additionally, cooking fires resulted in 20 percent of home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

Please use the following safe cooking tips.

  • Always stand by your pan when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and in the house when roasting or baking.
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
  • Keep things that can burn away from the stovetop and do not wear clothing with loose sleeves while cooking.
  • For small grease fires on the stove, slide a lid over the top and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it has completely cooled. Do not use water or an extinguisher as this can cause it to spread.
  • For oven fires, turn off the heat and keep the door closed
  • If you cannot control it or have any doubts, safely leave and then call 9-1-1

We've all heard the adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." We want you to remember this one: "Safe cooking practices for the holidays keep the fire department away." Or simply "Please don't invite us to dinner!"

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