(HealthDay News) -- Most cooking fires are easily prevented if you take a few precautions.
The National Fire Protection Association suggests:
- Stay alert. Don't cook if you're feeling drowsy or if you've had alcohol.
- While broiling, grilling, frying or baking, always stay in the kitchen.
- Set a kitchen timer to help remind you of what's cooking. If you're roasting or simmering food, stay in the kitchen and check it often.
- Keep your stove top clear. Be careful to keep cooking utensils, oven mitts, towels, curtains and any food packaging away from the flame or heat.