With dreams of sugar plum fairies dancing in our heads, it’s the time of year to serve up special holiday themed treats. Whether you’re a restaurant looking to try out a new desert special or a commercial kitchen preparing for an upcoming bake sale, refer to these fire safety tips particularly for the use of ovens.
Always check inside the oven before preheating to make sure there isn’t anything stored in there from a previous cooking project.
Always plug an oven directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord or power strip. Ovens use a lot of power and an electrical fire can start if it can’t gain access to enough voltage.
If you’re baking something that you think may overflow (such as brownies), adjust your oven racks so that one sits right below the one you’re using. Place a foil-lined cookie sheet on the bottom rack to catch any possible overflow.
Make sure you have a clean oven before baking at extremely high temperatures. Anything that has recently fallen or stuck to the bottom will start to smoke and ruin the flavor of your dish.
If you do experience an oven fire, immediately turn the oven off and call the fire department!