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Palm Coast Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 8 months ago

Fire Chief Jerry Forte shares tips on kitchen safety — and crumb cake

In a video, the fire chief offers suggestions for staying safe while preparing holiday meals.
by: Jonathan Simmons Managing Editor

Fire Chief Jerry Forte stood behind a counter laid out with bowls of flour, melted butter and brown sugar.

"This is Jerry Forte with the Palm Coast Fire Department. If you're tuning in thinking you're going to get a healthy treat for the holidays that's good for you, you clicked on the wrong channel," he said with a smile. 

In the city's 8 minute and 30 second video, Forte showed viewers how to make coffee cake, or crumb cake. "It's a very simple recipe, it works great for Thanksgiving, it works great for Christmas, or if you just want something for the weekend," he said. 

The video was the fire chief's way of highlighting cooking safety ahead of the holiday season.

As he prepared the cake, he noted a series of kitchen safety tips:

  1. Keep children and pets away from the kitchen while cooking 
  2. Keep work spaces clean while cooking, and maintain plenty of space to move around the kitchen
  3. Keep flammable objects away from hot surfaces
  4. Wear protective gear to avoid burns when handling hot items 
  5. Set a timer while cooking to avoid distractions
  6. Make sure hot appliances and are turned off when you're done
  7. Have a fire extinguisher (type 2A or 10 B:C) available for emergencies.

Kitchen fires are common during the holiday season. The city offers free home safety inspections for residents (sign up for one at

Watch "Baking with Chief Forte — Safety in the Kitchen" on the city website or Palm Coast's YouTube channel.  


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