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Super Bowl XLIX: Add Kitchen Safety to Sunday’s Game Plan

Superbowl Party
Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home.

As football fans across the country gather to watch the 2015 Super Bowl this Sunday, the American Red Cross has four kitchen tips to help viewers ‘advance’ their fire safety skills while preparing food for themselves and their party guests.

1. Keep your eye on the ball. Do not leave the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even to quickly catch that instant replay, turn off the stove first.

2. Sideline flammable items. Keep your guests and anything that can catch fire—like foam fingers, pom-poms, paper football plates and jerseys— away from the stove.

3. Run pet interference. Keep furry friends off cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.

4. Stay in the game. Remain in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer (not the game clock) to remind you that food is cooking.

Home Fires Start in the Kitchen

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries with home fires more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home.

On average, the Red Cross helps more people after home fires than all other disasters combined. To help combat this threat, the Red Cross announced a new national campaign this past October to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

In just the past few months, the Red Cross has already reached nearly 45,000 people and installed close to 27,000 smoke alarms.

You Can Help Home Fire Survivors

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Enjoy the game and help make a difference.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.