Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few kitchen fire safety tips, you can prevent these fires:
Use kitchen caution:
- Stay alert—if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the oven or stovetop.
- Stand by your pan—stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- Check regularly–if you are simmering, baking or roasting food, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, check on your food, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Remove flammables—be sure to keep anything that may catch fire—wooden spoons, oven mitts, towels and food packaging—away from stovetop and oven
- Create a kid-free zone—keep them at least a three-foot perimeter from the stove. Make certain they stay away from hot foods and liquids. Steam and splashes from hot foods can cause serious burns.
- Check your smoke alarms—ensure that your batteries are good and the alarms are in working order.
Put out the fire:
- On the stovetop—If you experience a small grease fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the burning pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until the pan has completely cooled.
- In the oven—if something catches fire in the oven, turn off the heat and leave the door closed until the fire is out and oven is cooled.
- Even with the smallest of fires, if you have any doubt as to whether it’s been extinguished, get out and call 911. Never delay in calling the fire department. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
From the National Fire Protection Association