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[Share]Published: August 21, 2013

FDNY Fire Marshals Determine Three Fire-Related Deaths Caused by Cooking

FDNY Fire Marshals have determined that several New York City fire-related deaths so
far in August were caused by senior citizen cooking accidents.

Please take and share this information with your family, friends and

Kitchen accidents can be caused by:

  • Distracted cooks, including leaving the kitchen to answer the door, take a phone call or
    view something on television.
  • Wearing loose clothing that can catch fire when leaning over a stovetop.
  • Flammable items placed near the stove, such as towels, papers or pot holders.
  • Pan/pot handles turned outward, which are accidently bumped and overturn.
  • Cooking at temperatures higher than what is required.
  • Uncleaned cooking equipment that accumulates grease or food items.

How to prevent cooking fires:

  • Use a pot’s lid or baking soda to smother a pan/pot fire. (Do not attempt to pick
    up the pan/pot if there is fire.)
  • Do not use water to fight a kitchen fire, as it can splash and spread the flames.Make
    sure your home has working smoke alarms.
  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
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