Exercise fire safety in the kitchen, please
THE Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is urging Jamaicans to exercise fire safety in the kitchen as they prepare meals over the festive season.
“We know a lot of cooking is done during the season and we invite over everybody to come taste what we prepare, but one thing you need to also remember is that during the process of cooking, ensure that you cook in a safe manner,” said acting research and planning officer, JFB, Jay Scott, during a recent interview with JIS News.
He further stressed that cooking should not be left unattended, as it could result in a fire.
“The minute you leave, it is likely that something could go wrong, and if you are not there to address what went wrong, then it could be problematic. So, keep close to your stove when you are doing the food preparation,” said Scott.
He pointed out that people should also be mindful of where they leave kitchen towels when cooking, noting that they should be placed away from the flame and not left on top of the pot and hanging down.
“We also encourage that you have a lid close by or, if you have a fire blanket or any other firefighting equipment, ensure that it is fully functional and ready to go, in the event that something goes wrong,” Scott added.
The JFB has also recommended that people wear short-sleeved tops when cooking as long sleeves have the propensity to start burning more quickly.