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Posted on: December 5, 2017

Holiday Cooking Safety

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The holiday season is the peak time for fires and Watsonville Fire Chief, Pablo Barreto, wants to share some safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.


The holiday season brings family and friends together and what better way to enjoy this time than with a home cooked meal? While cooking can be fun and relaxing it is also
the number one cause of home fires due to unattended cooking. The holiday season is the peak time for fires and Watsonville Fire Chief, Pablo Barreto, wants to share some safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.


Remember to have a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove and any other areas where you have hot food or drinks. Remember to stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you are using a turkey fryer, keep an eye on it since its dangerous to leave it unattended. Make sure to check your food regularly and don’t leave your home. You can use
a timer to remind you that you have food cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire – such as pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains, etc. away from your stove top or any open flame.


Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires. If you experience a small grease fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the stove. If you have fire in the kitchen, get out and close the door behind you so that the fire stays contained to the area. Then call 9-1-1. 

You can follow these easy tips to make sure you have a safe and fun holiday season with family and friends. If you have any questions about fire safety, you can call our Fire Prevention office at 831-768-3231.

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