When there’s a fire in your skillet or microwave
With a skillet fire, the first course of action is to turn off the burner and slide a lid on the pan if it’s safe to do so without getting burned. If that doesn’t do the trick, take a towel, soak it with water, squeeze it out and then cover the skillet completely, which should put the fire out, Epstein says. Don’t forget to turn off the burner first! If you have a kitchen fire extinguisher, you could use that instead. If the fire continues to burn for any reason, call 911 and get out of the house. Here are more great tips for preventing a kitchen fire. If the fire erupts in the microwave, immediately unplug it and leave the door closed to allow the fire to suffocate, according to sheknows.com. If it looks like the fire is spreading from the microwave, call the fire department immediately.
What to do when you get a burn or cut while cooking
“The first thing to do with a burn injury is to immediately flush it with water and apply an antibacterial ointment,” says Jerisa Johnson Berry, DO, who is board-certified in emergency medicine and works in several Florida hospitals. “Although it may hurt, it’s crucial to rinse the injury immediately, apply ointment, and cover.” If it’s more than a minor burn, call your doctor to assess. (Try these home remedies for minor burns.) If you cut yourself accidentally and the cut is deep, it’s important to visit your doctor or emergency room within 12 hours of the injury. Don’t wait any longer as waiting may cause inadequate wound healing and raise infection risk. “I had a patient wait over 24 hours to come in to the ER for large laceration and this delay prevents us from treating the wound optimally,” Dr. Berry says.