Super Bowl safety: Tips on how to grill and fry safely

Super Bowl safety: Tips on how to grill and fry safely

People are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday and with football comes football viewing parties!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day for food consumption in America.

You may be grilling and frying foods, but you'll want to do it safely and have your fire safety plan ready to go.

Lieutenant Gary Creel of Pensacola Fire Department said, "We want to prevent burns while we're cooking so it's important to wear short sleeves and make sure we have no loose clothing when we lean over the stove or grill, that can ignite."

Lt. Creel also said, "Frying is one of the most important things that is going to happen during the Super Bowl. People are going to get out there with the chicken wings, so we want to keep an eye on what we fry."

Additional tips from the U.S. Fire Administration for Super Bowl Sunday:

Kitchen Huddle - Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you're roasting or baking.

Penalty Flag - Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.

Defense - Stay awake and alert while you're cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.

Illegal Contact - Prevent burns when you're cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don't lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.

Defense Linemen - Children need constant adult supervision. If you have young children in the home, keep them three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child's reach so they can't touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.

Touchdown! - Keep safety in mind when serving on game day, too. If you burn candles, position them out of reach of children and away from anything that can burn. Consider using flameless candles that are lit by battery power instead. Food warmers and slow cookers get hot. Place them on the back of the serving table so they won't get knocked off. Provide hot pads to prevent burns. Light the chafing dish fuel can after it is placed under the warmer. Make sure nothing comes in contact with the flame. If young children are in your home, supervise them and keep matches and lighters locked away.

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