Fire Prevention Week: 11 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires
Did you know that October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention week? While it may not be something you’re going to actually celebrate, it’s a great time to refresh your memory and keep fire safety top of mind. And because more fires are likely to start in the kitchen than in any other room, we’ve combined 11 safety tips to help you prevent them.
- Never leave a hot range top unattended. If you’re called away from the kitchen for any reason, turn it off until you return.
- Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or range is on, and be sure to turn it off as soon as you’re finished cooking.
- Never place anything flammable on or directly near your range. Items such as wooden utensils, oven mitts, and food packaging can quickly ignite starting a kitchen fire.
- Clean your cooking surfaces often being sure to remove crumbs, grease, and other food debris.
- Plug all appliances directly into electrical outlets. Don’t use extension cords.
- Inspect all appliance power cords prior to use. Replace them if they become frayed.
- Be sure to unplug small appliances, including mixers and toasters, when not in use.
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to ensure your stove and range are turned off.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Keep one in your kitchen and check it often to ensure it’s charged.
- Never douse a grease fire with water, as this will only spread the flames. Instead, cover any burning pans with a lid, turn off the burner, and let it cool until the fire burns out. Or, use baking soda or a chemical fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
- Install smoke detectors near your kitchen – as well as near bedrooms and bathrooms on every floor – and be sure to test them each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
For informational use only. Not applicable to all situations.