FDNY offers kitchen safety tips to prevent home fires

While many are spending their time indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the FDNY is detailing some tips to keep everyone safe in the kitchen.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2020, 8:13 PM

Updated 1,452 days ago

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While many are spending their time indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the FDNY is detailing some tips to keep everyone safe in the kitchen. 
Capt. Michael Kozo from the FDNY’s Fire Education Division says they have not seen an increase in kitchen fires but that the message remains the same. 
“We want to make sure that people stand by their pan. That is one of the catchphrases we like to use because that's a major problem regardless of a pandemic or not,” says Kozo. 
Kozo also says to keep flammable objects from stovetops and to avoid wearing loose clothing, which can accidentally come in contact with an open flame. 
He says to also check your smoke alarms. “We recommend you have a smoke alarm on every level in your bedroom. You should be testing it regularly,” says Kozo. 
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The FDNY is also reminding New Yorkers to be mindful of how much power they’re using at home and not to overload electrical outlets. 
“Watch where your cords are, make sure they are not damaged, things like that,” said Kozo. 
While at home, the FDNY is urging families to make use of that time and create a fire escape plan and practice it. 
“Know your exit, how the children know exactly where they're going to go, how they're going to get out and practice it. That should be something to be done while everyone's home,” says Kozo.
 


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