More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room! Those fires can be expensive. Even a minor incident, with no injuries, can result in significant damage. That’s why it’s important to keep up with the latest in fire prevention.
The most recent research tells us:
◘Don’t leave the room while cooking. Leaving your stove or other hot devices unattended is the number one cause of kitchen fires!
◘Make sure cooking appliances (especially deep fryers) are safety certified by the appropriate government agency.
◘If you’re frying with oil, always heat it slowly, and don’t use a heat setting any higher than medium.
◘Always turn off stove burners and other cooking appliances immediately after cooking.
◘Never use water to put out a grease fire!! The best way to put out a grease fire is by smothering it with a pan lid. Or, use baking soda or a fire extinguisher.
◘Never remove, cover up, or take batteries out of a smoke detector! False alarms may seem like a nuisance, but the alarm that saves your life is irreplaceable.
◘If you’re going to keep a fire extinguisher in your home, invest in a large one! Most people have no experience using a fire extinguisher, and it’s more complicated than it looks. If you only have a small extinguisher on hand, it is very easy to use up the whole canister without fully extinguishing the fire.
Finally, experts say that if you can’t put out a fire immediately, get everyone out of the home and call emergency services. Even if the fire is put out, all incidents should be reported to emergency services.