10 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires
The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 1999-2002, there were an average of 114,000 home fires associated with cooking equipment each year, resulting in 290 deaths and 4,380 injuries each year. The leading cause for these fires was unattended cooking.
One of the most devastating things that can happen is to have a fire in your house. Fires can happen anywhere in the home, but one of the most common places for a fire to occur is in the kitchen. The good news is that there are things that you can do to lower your risk of having a kitchen fire. Here are ten things that you can do to reduce your fire risk in the kitchen.
1. Stay with the Food
You should never leave food alone when it’s cooking. Remain in your kitchen anytime you are grilling, broiling, or frying food. If it’s necessary to leave your kitchen, even when it’s only a second, make sure that you’re turning your stove off. Otherwise you may come back to a disaster that could have been stopped if you had been there.
2. Regularly Check Food
When you are cooking, check the food regularly so that it doesn’t overcook or burn. You should also never leave your house while you are cooking, even if it’s to go to the mailbox.
3. Use Your Timer
Sometimes you can forget that you’re cooking. To help stop this from happening, use a kitchen timer so that you remember that you are cooking and that it has to come out of the oven or off of the stove.
4. Watch What You’re Wearing
Don’t wear the wrong things when you are cooking. Your clothing shouldn’t be loose and it also should not have dangling sleeves. Otherwise you may find that a disaster has happened.
5. Keep Kids Away
It’s a good idea to make sure that your children are staying away from your stove. Create a zone that is free of kids and tell them to stay a minimum of 3 feet from your stove.
6. Be Careful of Flammable Items
When you are cooking, make sure that anything that can easily catch fire such as oven mitts, pot holders, plastic or paper bags, food packages, curtains, towels, or wooden utensils away from the stove or the other appliances which generate heat.
7. Stay Clean
Clean your cooking surfaces regularly so that you are preventing the buildup of grease. This can help with preventing a disaster, since a lot of fires start and spread because of grease.
8. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy
It’s a good idea to think about purchasing an extinguisher for your kitchen so that you have it handy in case something should happen while you are cooking. This will help with reducing the amount of damage if a fire does happen. It’s also a good idea to get training on using the extinguisher properly.
9. Check and Double Check
Before you go to bed or go out, check everything to make sure that it’s safe. Make sure your oven, small appliances, and stove are all off so that you don’t come home to a disaster. It’s better to check everything than having to worry constantly if you didn’t check beforehand.
10. Where There’s a Smoke Alarm…
Install an alarm close to the kitchen, on all of the floors of the floors of the home, near bedrooms, and outside and inside of the bedrooms if your doors are closed while sleeping. Use test buttons each month and replace the batteries twice per year.
These are the things that you can do to prevent a fire in your kitchen. Even though you assume that everything will be fine, all it takes is a small splatter of grease to start a fire. So it’s better to be safe instead of sorry. Use these tips and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding fires in your kitchen.
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