This is a news release from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department published verbatim.
Cooking dinner for that special valentine this evening? Lighting candles to add to the atmosphere? Getting ready to start a fire in the fire place?
If so, take a moment to review some safety tips from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association before you get started. Do not allow your romantic evening to go up in smoke!
When cooking for that special valentine:
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue recommends that you use flameless candles in your home. Many of these candles look and smell like real candles. If you insist on using real candles, please make sure you:
- Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
- Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
- Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
When using the fireplace, please make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
As always, check your smoke alarms to ensure they are working and make sure you know two ways out of your home in case of fire!
Have a Safe and Happy Valentine’s Day!