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Posted on: September 14, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Preventing Kitchen Fires Safety Tips

Kitchen Fire

The kitchen is one of the most versatile rooms in your home. It is the hub where families congregate for holidays, spend time cooking meals together, and talk about daily life. It is where all of the prep work for an exciting night of entertaining guests begins, where a new family recipe is born, and where we spend hours deep in discussion with loved ones.

Because of all this activity and the fixtures and appliances inside, the heart of the house can also be the most dangerous room in it. More than half of all house fires start in the kitchen. Adapting safe cooking practices, acting quickly during an actual emergency, and learning about general home fire safety can help you to become better prepared and to keep your family safe in the event that tragedy strikes.

Cooking Safely

  • Be vigilant! Do not cook if you are distracted or tired or if you have consumed alcohol.
  • Never leave the stove unattended while frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food.
  • Check food that is simmering, baking, or roasting often, and use a timer to avoid overcooking.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stove top, including loose clothing, oven mitts, kitchen towels, cooking utensils, and discarded food packaging.
  • Keep young children and pets at least three feet away from the stove and other areas where food is prepared.
  • Check to make sure items are microwave-safe.

Take Action

  • Learn appropriate ways to combat both grease and oven fires in the event that one should occur.
  • If there’s a fire that you can’t handle, leave the area and close doors behind you as you exit.
  • Use an evacuation plan to get yourself and other family members to safety.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number once outside and at your meeting area.
  • Alert rescuers to any potential burns or smoke inhalation that may have occurred.
  • Never go back into a burning building.

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