Sunday, January 24, 2010

Too hot in the Kitchen

Why is January so long? I don't know if it is just me or what, but it seems like January is in slow motion. I've been busy, yes. But it is still January!!!

I pass my time on long cold January days by drinking hot chocolate or tea, making soups, baking cookies, reading by the fireplace, hot bubble baths. And talking on the phone...

A couple of days ago I was making french toast and talking on the phone. Yes, my bad. I noticed the oil was getting too hot and starting to smoke, so with one hand I moved it to another burner and in the process oil splashed on the hot element. That's right, it started a fire. First I yelled into the phone, then quickly thinking, I was able to contain it by smothering it with the potholder. whew!

Later when my heart stopped pounding against my chest and I was calm it occurred to me we had a fire extinguisher. But it was not anywhere in sight. I later found it inside a kitchen cupboard on the highest shelf. It is now sitting next to the stove where it should have been all along.

A word of caution - all it takes is one small mistake for a fire to start...you should be prepared in the event this should happen by making sure you have a fire extinguisher and place it in full view next to your stove. A kitchen fire is not the kind of heat anyone needs on a cold day in January or any other day for that matter.


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4 comments:

DUTA said...

February is also slow.
As for a fire extinguisher, it's not enough to just buy one; as far as I know, it has to be checked annualy and powder renewed. I have one several years old, and it's probably inefficient.

Angelina said...

Hi Duta,

You are so right, after reading your comment I checked mine. In fact, it is dated 2004!!! I'm sure I need a new one. It is on my list of to do next week.

Thank you.

Pink Heels said...

And why does February have to follow January? Why can't we skip to June and have summer sooner than later? : )

Angelina said...

I totally agree, Jennifer. February seems long even when it is not a leap year.

I love a white Christmas, but after that I'm ready for warmth and sunshine that carries heat.

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