WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan is hoping National Burn Awareness Week will help teach people about the dangers of unattended cooking.
We often associate burn injuries with structure fires only, but hot cooking liquids, grease and steam are actually the leading causes of burn injury in Massachusetts. Something as simple as your pot tipping over and spilling hot soup can cause serious injury. Using back burners and turning the pot handles away from the edge can help prevent accidents.
However, West Springfield Fire Lt. Andrew Lyne said his best advice is simple, always pay close attention and don’t leave the kitchen when you’re cooking. He said, “Don’t leave unattended things on the stove, like soup. Things you’re frying. Stay close by. Keep an eye on it. As soon as you turn your back and leave, that’s when problems happen.”
A stove fire can spread quickly to other parts of your home.