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Monday, February 1, 2016

Super Tips from PGFD and USFA for the Super Bowl

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Super Bowl 50’s line up has been set.  Denver Broncos VS Carolina Panthers!!!  
Many people will tune in to the match up or maybe tune in for the commercials. 
Here are cooking safety tips you can share to help people celebrate safely. 

Getting your Super Bowl game face on? Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up

Super Bowl Sunday is the USA’s second biggest day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these tips for safer cooking.

Kitchen Huddle

Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you’re roasting or baking.

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Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.


Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.

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Prevent burns when you’re cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.

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Children need constant adult supervision. If you have young children in the home, keep them three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child’s reach so they can’t touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.


Keep safety in mind when serving on game day too. If you burn candles, position them out of reach of children and away from anything that can burn. Consider using flameless candles that are lit by battery power instead. Food warmers and slow cookers get hot. Place them toward the back of the serving table so they won’t get knocked off. Provide hot pads to prevent burns. Light the chafing dish fuel can after it is placed under the warmer. Make sure nothing comes in contact with the flame. If young children are in your home, supervise them and keep matches and lighters locked away.

Take the time to "Press to Test" your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors today -  the Safety First Day of the Month of February.  This test will ensure if your alarm is working or not.  Non-working alarms could cost you your life!!!. These working life saving devices will protect you, your loved ones and Super Bowl party guests.

If you do not have a working smoke alarm and can not afford to purchase one yourself call 311 and a firefighter will visit your home and install one for you, free of charge.

If you purchase your own smoke or CO alarm make sure they are the 10-year type with a hush feature available at most home improvement stores.

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