Cooking safety tips for college students
ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – With the Fall semester just around the corner, college students will once again be packing their things and moving into on-campus housing, which means they’ll also be eating on-campus food. But, if you’re a student planning on whipping up your own meals in your dorm or apartment, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal wants to remind you of some cooking tips to keep you and your neighbors safe.
If you’re a college student planning on whipping up your own meals in your dorm or apartment, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal wants to remind you of some cooking tips to keep you and your neighbors safe. | Photo Source: KALB
“Campus fires are a lot more common than people even know and think,” said Chief Butch Browning, State Fire Marshal. “There are several causes, but we see a commonality in fires in cooking-related situations, whether it’s an on-campus room where they’re cooking or even off-site where they’re renting an apartment or renting a home where they’re even doing more extensive cooking. So it’s pretty common.”
Here are some practical steps to take when cooking your favorite on-the-go meals:
·First, know your building’s fire safety rules. Then, take a look around. Does your room have a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher? If so, you’re all clear to start cooking.
·Clear clutter, especially combustible items, away from cooking areas
·Be mindful of cooking while wearing loose clothing
·Remain within sight/reach of the cooking area
·Turn handles away from the stove’s edge
·In the event of a small fire in a pot or pan, turn the heat source off and cover with a pot top
·Be mindful of steam hazards when using slow-cookers and/or pressure cookers
·Unplug electrical appliances when not in use
·In the event of an oven fire, turn off the power and leave the door closed
·Do not use metal in microwaves
·Avoid cooking with excessive temperatures, or when tired or impaired
·When in doubt, GET OUT and call 911
The SFM encourages all Louisiana residents to keep these cooking safety practices in mind whether heading into the kitchen or engaging in any outdoor cooking as the summer ends and tailgating festivities begin.
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