Kitchen fires are the most common cause of home fires and injuries from fire. Cooking can be fun and loving, but it is also inherently dangerous since it introduces fire, gas, or intense heat into the center of the home. Staying alert and proactively keeping your kitchen as fire-hazard-free as possible is a key fire prevention tactic.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher either in the kitchen itself or very close nearby.
- Install a smoke detector near the entrances of the kitchen.
- Timers keep your cooking on track and decrease the chances of leaving something cooking too long
- Never leave any food unattended. This is especially important if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the area, turn off the stove.
- If you are baking or simmering food, check back in often if you are leaving the kitchen.
- If you are sleepy or under the influence of alcohol, don’t use the kitchen.
- When cooking with oil, pay special attention. Always heat oil slowly.
- If you can see wisps of smoke or smell burning, turn off the burner immediately or carefully remove the pan. Smoke is a sign that the oil is too hot.
- Always keep a lid by the stove; in the case of a grease fire, always smother it with a lid. This is the easiest way to put it out. Never pour water on a grease fire; it makes it worse. Pouring a lot of baking soda on it can put it out as well.
- Make sure that your cooking area is clear of clutter that could potentially act as fuel for a fire. Flammable items like cookbooks, towels, wooden utensils, food packaging, and etc should be kept away from the stove and oven area.
- Don’t wear loose or dangling clothing while cooking.
In Case of Fire
- Turn off all of the burners immediately.
- Do not pour water on a grease fire. Smother it with a lid.
- If the fire is in the oven or microwave, shut the oven or microwave door. If it doesn’t go out immediately, call for help.
- If the fire is small, use a B-class fire extinguisher to put it out.
- If the flames continue to burn, evacuate the house and call 9-1-1
We are focusing on home fire safety topics this week for Fire Prevention Week. Share this with friends and family who love to spend time in the kitchen. Promoting awareness with our neighbors creates a safer community for all of us.