Cooking can seem scary at first, but following some simple procedures can make it much safer.
In Spokane, Washington, several fires have been in the news recently. One of them was about a house that burned down because of “unattended cooking” (Lake).
Practicing safe cooking techniques is easy.
First and foremost, don’t leave anything unattended in the stove or on the oven. According to the National Fire Prevention Agency, the leading cause of home fires is unattended cooking (“Cooking Safety in the Home”). Check the food regularly and use the timer as an easy reminder of when the food is done cooking.
Some people may feel especially anxious when cooking with a stove top or hot plate because they worry about burning their food, burning themselves by accident, or perhaps even burning their house. The National Fire Prevention Association has several tips on how to cook safely with oil. One of the best tips is to gently add food to the hot pan. Another great tip is to keep a lid handy.
(Editor’s note: cooking has been one of the aspects of my own anxiety disorder, and I can attest that it has gone down a lot after learning these tips from my mom).
There are other options, too.
Crockpots, for example, are easy to use. They can even be left unattended for a few hours.
Microwaves are affordable, and many recipes are available online for free. Microwaves turn themselves off when their time reaches zero.
Rice pots are inexpensive and easy to use. Some models even come with recipes in the instruction booklet.
Lake, Ariana. “Spokane House Fire Displaces Eight People.” KXLY, accessed 13 Aug 2018, https://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-house-fire-displaces-eight-people/780782269.
“Cooking Safety in the Home.” NFPA, National Fire Prevention Association, https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking.