Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

The holidays are fast approaching and many of us will be cooking
dinner for family and friends. With all of the stress that comes with preparing
large meals, even the most experienced cook can become distracted and within a blink
of an eye a fire can spark. That’s what happened recently in
Indianapolis when a 32-year-old man left his stove unattended.

To ensure your holiday dinner is successful and safe, follow these simple and important tips:

  • Stay
    in the kitchen while food is cooking.
     Most fires in the kitchen occur because
    food is left unattended while cooking. If you must leave the kitchen
    briefly, carry an oven mitt with you as a reminder that something is
  • Do not try
    to hold your child in one arm while cooking with the other.
    Holding a
    child while cooking is an invitation for a burn. Keep the cooking area clear of
    clutter and keep your child out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.
  • Keep your range top free of clutter. Don’t
    overload a range top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all
    dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top
    and cause a fire. Only cook with as many pots and pans as there are
    burners.  Also, never use the oven
    cavity for storage.

For more
cooking safety tips, download AHAM’s Recipe for Safer Cooking brochure or order several to
distribute within your community by clicking here or
sending an email to There is no charge for the brochures, but
AHAM does charge a nominal shipping fee if you order more than 250 brochures.
AHAM also has brochures on other safety topics, including portable heater
safety, clothes dryer safety, and range tipping.

New Appliances Result in Substantial Savings on Consumers’ Electricity Bills

The Association
of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has released the 2011 Energy Efficiency
and Consumption Trends data for major home appliances.  This data, based on 2011 shipments of major
appliances, shows the continuing trend of decreased energy consumption. If
consumers were to replace their 10-year-old refrigerator, clothes washer and
dishwasher of average efficiency with more energy efficient models manufactured
in 2011, they would save, on average, $90 per year on their electricity bill.  Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR® unit may offer
additional energy savings.

Energy consumption in
refrigerators continued to decline in 2011 with new refrigerators using an
average of 452 kWh per year, over 50% less than units made in 1990.  Dishwasher energy consumption is down nearly
51% due to advances in energy efficiency and new technologies such as soil
sensors that use only as much water as needed and more stainless steel
interiors which help dry dishes faster.  Clothes
washer tub volume continues to increase while energy consumption decreases,
meaning those who bought new clothes washers in 2011 can fit more clothes in
each load while using less energy. Clothes washers show a 75% decrease in
energy consumption per unit since 1990, while tub capacity increased by more
than 32%.

historical tables of energy efficiency and consumption trends data are
available through AHAM.  Click here for a direct link to purchase
the 2011 Energy Efficiency and Consumption Trends data, or you may visit AHAM’s
website at

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