Recipe for a Safe, Clean Energy Kitchen

Edison International partners with the Orange County Fire Authority to help reduce kitchen burns and promote public safety partnerships.
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Recipe for a Safe, Clean Energy Kitchen

Edison International partners with the Orange County Fire Authority to help reduce kitchen burns and promote public safety partnerships.
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Photo Credit: Lawrence Tsuei

Culinary innovation connected with fire safety as Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison, recently teamed up with the Orange County Fire Authority at an open house at its headquarters to showcase induction cooktops and other clean energy appliances from SCE’s Foodservice Technology Center.

Sleek and powerful, induction cooktops remain cool to the touch with no risk of accidental burns and automatically turn off when you remove a pot or pan. It’s a win-win for safety and better indoor air quality. Other
benefits of induction cooking include the absence of an open flame, so accidental injuries and kitchen fires are greatly reduced. If children or pets touch the cooktop, they will not be burned.

“Our mission to protect life and property begins with the support of partners that are equally committed to reducing the risk of fires and burn hazards,” said Orange County Fire Authority Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. “Southern California Edison is one of those partners, and their support empowers us to serve better and safeguard our communities.”

Induction cooking has its skeptics, particularly among chefs specializing in cultural cuisine. But those doubts are quickly fading.

Irvine City Council member Tammy Kim (center) shows an egg poached in its shell on an induction stovetop, flanked by (l-r) OCFA Deputy Chief T.J. McGovern, Brian Choi, a scientist at SCE's Foodservice Technology Center, Larry Chung, SCE vice president of Local Public Affairs and Oliver Ta, a technical specialist at the Foodservice Technology Center.
Irvine City Council member Tammy Kim (center) shows an egg poached in its shell on an induction stovetop, flanked by (l-r) OCFA Deputy Chief T.J. McGovern, Brian Choi, a scientist at SCE's Foodservice Technology Center, Larry Chung, SCE vice president of Local Public Affairs and Oliver Ta, a senior technical specialist at the Foodservice Technology Center.

“Induction has come a long way and has a lot more versatility, which is important in Asian households that traditionally cook with very high heat,” said council member Tammy Kim, city of Irvine. “Withstanding the high temperatures of wok cooking, making Korean BBQ or using hot pots is important, and this demonstration proved induction cooking can be used safely and successfully.”

The partnership with the fire authority extends to programs beyond the kitchen. Edison International has a longstanding philanthropic partnership with OCFA and provides grant funding to two programs:

  • The Fire Cadet Program gives young people (ages 14-21) valuable insight into firefighting. Individuals gain personal confidence, learn to use various tools, develop mechanical skills and aptitude and become more aware of personal and fire safety.
  • The Girl's Empowerment Camp introduces teens (ages 14-18) to the fire service and teaches life skills and professional guidance that empowers them to pursue a career in public safety.
Jenny Wang tests a fire extinguisher with the help of Orange County Fire Authority Cadet Dylan Wen.
Open House visitor Jenny Wang tests a fire extinguisher with the help of OCFA Cadet Dylan Wen.

“Through collaborative efforts with organizations like the Orange County Fire Authority, we strengthen our commitment to safeguarding communities, protecting lives and ensuring the well-being of our neighbors,” said SCE Vice President of Local Public Affairs Larry Chung. “We also strive to build a better tomorrow by supporting local youth programs including OCFA’s Fire Cadet Program and Girl’s Empowerment Camp.”

SCE’s partnerships with first responders are designed to promote and enhance public safety efforts in the communities it serves. Presenting solutions to potential electrical hazards is part of the company’s commitment to safeguarding customers and moving toward a clean energy future.

For more information about SCE’s clean energy initiatives, visit edison.com/cleanenergy.