Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is reminding all New Yorkers to practice fire safety when cooking and celebrating on Thanksgiving Day. The FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit will hold more than a dozen fire safety events across the city and distributing fire safety education material in multiple languages.
There are several important rules to remember when cooking:
• Stay in the kitchen. Never leave cooking food unattended.
• Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves. Long sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.
• Keep children and pets away from the stove and open flames.
• Keep the area around the stove clear of towels, papers, potholders and anything that can burn.
• Keep a pot lid nearby to smother a pan fire. Do not attempt to pick up the pot or pan. Shut off the heat and cover the fire with a lid.
• In the event of a fire, do not use water. It will cause splashing and spread the fire.
• Treat burns immediately with cool running water.
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