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Health Tip: Prevent Cooking Fires

Stay safe in the kitchen

(HealthDay News) -- Kitchen stoves are a common source of fires in the home.

Here are guidelines to help prevent fires in the kitchen, courtesy of New York's Department of State:

  • Never place dishrags, pot holders or towels on or near a burner.
  • When cooking, don't wear loose-fitting clothing or reach across the stove.
  • Don't use any aerosol spray cans near the stove.
  • Never lean against the stove while it's in use.
  • Don't use towels in place of pot holders.
  • Never let children around a hot stove or stove top.
  • Don't place items above the stove -- like candy or cookies -- that children may try to reach.
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