(MIAMI, April 2, 2015) – With Passover starting tomorrow, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) wants to address the special fire safety and prevention needs during the eight holy days. Every religion has traditions and customs they follow and when following those customs they need to make sure they are doing so in the safest manner. MDFR reminds the faithful to follow the following safety tips:
- When kashering kitchen surfaces be aware that high exposures to cleaning products such as ammonia and bleach can irritate the respiratory system. If mixed, these two chemicals can produce a poisonous gas that can cause death if inhaled.
- Boiling water can cause severe burns. Continuous and adequate supervision of young children is the single most important factor in preventing burns.
- Do not leave the oven on the self-cleaning-cycle unattended.
- Do not cover oven vents with tin foil. Improper covering of vents in gas ovens will cause a buildup of carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas which can cause unconsciousness or death if inhaled.
- When using a blech (hotplate), always check the appliance prior to use. Do not use if power cords are worn, frayed or damaged. Store the blech out of the reach of children.
- When burning chametz (leavened foods which are forbidden on Passover), never use any type of fuel or accelerant to increase the flame. Check with your local synagogue for information on group chametz burning ceremonies.
- Make sure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in the home are functioning properly.
- In case of a fire have a working fire extinguisher available and easily accessible.
- Designate the kitchen as a “No Go Zone” for children.
In 2012, cooking fires accounted for 49 percent of all residential fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
For more information, please contact MDFR’s Public Affairs Bureau at 786-331-5200.