How to prevent kitchen fires
The kitchen is where most of the home fires occur.
More than 3,300 Americans die each year in fires and 15,000 are injured. Here are a few tips to help prevent and remove kitchen fire hazards
- Keep kitchen towels, oven mitts, plastic bags and curtains far from an open flame and the oven.
- Don’t leave food on the stove unattended, since it only takes a second for a big fire to start.
- Clean the stove and grill regularly to prevent grease buildup, since grease fires are one of the worst. Remember NEVER pour water on a grease fire
- NEVER use your oven to heat your home.
- Make sure all the burners and the oven are turned off.
- Unplug electric appliances when you are not using them.
- If possible wear short sleeves, since wide sleeves can catch fire without you even noticing it.
- Install a smoke detector in a hallway close to the kitchen.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Check our blog about Fire Extinguishers to learn more.