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Three Ways You Can Avoid Ending Up As A Statistic at The United States Fire Administration

February 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

We've all done it, we start cooking something on the stove, the phone rings or the doorbell rings or something happens to distract us. The next thing we know the house is filled with smoke, hopefully we have only destroyed a pan or created some minor damage but in some cases we must call the fire department to put out the fire, and in the worst case scenario we fall asleep and never wake up.

Each year for at least the last three years the number of cooking related fires has increased according to United States Fire Administration. In 2008 alone 162,600 cooking related fires killed at least 3,650 people. In 2010 the number of cooking related fires reached 166,000. Obviously millions of dollars in damage and thousands of injuries must have occurred as well.

Our first rule of thumb should be to never start cooking something when your ready for bed, choose a snack that doesn't have to be cooked or even heated on the stove. Keep this in mind when shopping at the grocery store, some good example's of snacks to have on hand, especially for anyone watching their weight, are apples, oranges, grapes, pineapple, grapefruit, blackberries, raspberries, cherries. I particularly like a combination of all these in a fruit salad. If your not concerned about your waistline some other great Idea's include ice cream, candy bars, nuts, crackers with cheese or crackers with peanut butter or crackers and jelly.

Another great way to avoid a catastrophe like a fire, is to get into the habit of always setting the timer to a preset time on your stove or range every time you start cooking something. Then each time you go and stir or just check what you have cooking reset the timer to the preset time. In this way if you become distracted, when the timer times out you'll be reminded that you have something cooking on the stove. Since we never know when that unplanned distraction may come, we need to develop the habit of always setting that timer just in case.

Finally the last thing we should do, since we all know accidents can occur, is to purchase a quality fire extinguisher and keep it in an easily accessible place near the stove so we can grab it in a hurry if the need arises. And also a yearly testing of the fire extinguisher is also a good idea to make sure the unit is functional.

Although these precautions may seem a little difficult to carry out, isn't it best to be prepared for the unexpected. In this day and age when we all have so many things going on in our lives, and there are so many distractions out there we need to protect ourselves in the event that the unthinkable occurs.

The Author is a survivor of a kitchen fire and the Inventor of the Automatic Temperature Alarm System. Patent number 5608383.

For additional information on this Invention go to http://www.cliffneil.com/exclusive-license.html

If you think you or your company may be interested in licensing this Patent please contact cliff@cliffneil.com.

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