I got a frantic phone call from my fiancé early one recent Sunday morning. He was at the airport about to board a plane for a five-day business trip to another part of the country, and he couldn’t remember if he’d turned his oven off. I knew what was coming next, so I braced myself. He wondered if I would drive to his home and check the oven for him. He and I are a good 40 minutes apart door-to-door on a good day when there’s no traffic. I estimated that I would lose a large chunk of a day that I’d already jam packed with errands and appointments. During the silence on my end of the line he added, “It would really mean a lot to me if you would do this.”
Once I exhaled, I gave him a cheery, “Yes, dear,” and hopped into my car. When I got to his home, all was well. The oven was off. But the incident made me think that it would be a good idea to review with him NFPA’s safety tips, in particular our cooking safety information.
I didn’t hit traffic on the way back home and was able to complete most of the tasks on my to-do list that day. I’m going to hope that in the future when my fiancé leaves the house, he’ll already know the oven is off because he’ll be following our safety tips while he’s cooking.