Issue #14– October 16, 2009
Reducing Fire Alarms through Safe Cooking
by: David A. Armanini - Director of Environmental Health & SafetyCooking is the #1 fire alarm cause on RIT’s campus! Yet these types of avoidable alarms can easily be prevented. Several straightforward and easily implemented steps can be taken by individuals to prevent cooking-related fire alarms or worse, an actual fire.
- Never leave your cooking unattended, whether it be to leave the room, answer the phone or chat with others.
- Do not add oil to a hot pan and do not heat oil on high heat.
- If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove top burner.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food in the oven, check it regularly
- Cook on low or medium heat. The burner doesn’t have to be red hot to cook food.
- Keep the stove top, burners, and oven clean. Clean up spills when they happen.
- Make sure exhaust fans are on and working while cooking.
- In University Commons, close the doors leading to the bedroom/bathroom areas prior to starting any cooking.
Please do your part to Make RIT a Safer Place to live by cooking safe and reducing avoidable fire alarms.
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