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Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety: Avoiding Recipes for Disaster!
The highest percentage of alarms on campus results from those detections caused by Residence Hall cooking. We strive to eliminate these unwanted activations through education and hands on training.
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Here are some tips to help keep you safe in the kitchen:

Use the Right Stuff

  • Use tested-and-approved cooking equipment.
  • Follow provided instructions and information when using cooking equipment.
  • Plug microwaves, toasters, and other cooking appliances directly into a wall outlet.

 Watch What You Heat

  • Don’t leave food unattended: it’s the primary cause of kitchen fires.
  • Turn off the stove/oven if you leave the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • Remain in the building if simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food. Use a timer.
  • Stay alert—don’t cook while sleepy, intoxicated, or on medications that make you drowsy.

Don’t Fuel the Fire

  • Potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper/plastic bags, food packaging, towels, and curtains should never be placed on or near the stove.
  • Clean the stovetop, burners, and oven between uses to avoid material buildup.
  • Don’t allow clothing or hair to dangle over the stove or oven.

 Prevent and Treat Burns

  • Avoid spilling or splashing hot food or liquids.
  • Keep pot handles turned away from the edge of the stove, and use the back burner when possible.
  • Use oven mitts or potholders that are dry and in good condition to move hot food.
  • If burned, place skin under cool, running water for 3-5 minutes. Never treat a burn with ice. Seek medical attention.