How To Prevent Kitchen Fires
The kitchen is the place where tasty food is cooked every day. But another hard fact that many fail to acknowledge is that it is from this place that fire breaks out and causes injuries. The obvious culprit here is pans that are left attended on the burning stove and other reasons. House fires can be extremely harmful for your family. Hence, it becomes important to know how to prevent home fires and to protect your family and belongings.
Kitchen fire prevention tips
- Clothing: Before you enter the kitchen to cook something special for your family, make sure to wear appropriate clothing. Avoid wearing flowing, long, large-fitting shirts or aprons as they are prone to catch fire. Experts suggest that while cooking, it will be wise to wear closed or short-fitted sleeves. Tuck in your baggy shirts or simply tie them back using a properly fitting apron.
- Stay inside the kitchen while cooking: Cooking fires commonly occur as some people have the habit of leaving food unattended on their burning stove. If you are required to attend to other work outside the kitchen, then it is better to first turn the stove off. Take all pans and pots of the heat. The same rule applies if broiling food in the oven. Turn off the broiler and take food out of the oven. Do remember to make this a habit.
- Fire extinguisher: Keeping a fire extinguisher near the kitchen will be more than useful. It can be used immediately if you find fire to get out of control. Make sure to know how it should be used correctly and safely. Also, replenish or replace it after the warranty on usage expires. Otherwise, an expired date extinguisher will not be of any use.
- Get to know items kept around the stovetop: There are a lot of things if kept near the burning stove may catch fire. It includes curtains, appliance cords, oven mitts, kitchen towels, etc. Flammable items are best kept away from the stovetop. If using towels or cloth piece to move off the pot from the burner, do take adequate precaution. Use oven mitt. However, if using towel, then avoid touching using it to touch the burner or dangle it.
- Avoid dumping hot grease inside the garbage can: Firstly, identify your oil smoke points as it may catch fire. Hot grease should not be dumped inside any garage can. Grease thrown away, even if not on fire, but hot is likely to cause something within the can to catch fire. Instead allow it to cool before you plan to dispose it. Use old coffee can to dispose it the safe way.
- Change smoke detector batteries: You may have installed a smoke detector in a room that is adjacent to your kitchen or in the kitchen. Mere installation of smoke detector will not serve the purpose. Ensure that it is operable. Their batteries need to be changed after every six months to ensure they are in good, operating condition.
- Be adequately prepared to extinguish a fire: Fires might occur without any warning. Hence, you need to stay prepared all the time to be on the safe side. To smother the stovetop fire, place an appropriate fitting lid over pot or pan. Avoid picking up the burning pan and place it on the sink or use water. This will risk the spreading fire to sink. In case the burning ingredients start to slosh out, there are chances of you getting burnt badly. It also creates a mess.
- Extinguish candles: Candlelit dinners are considered to be romantic, but are equal culprits to cause house fires. Use shorter, wider candles that will not tip over easily. Once the work is completed, extinguish the candle flames properly.
- Stop, drop and roll: In case you catch fire unfortunately, then immediately follow the rule that is stop, droll and then roll on the ground. Avoid running if your clothes are on fire. Rather, do not move. Simply drop yourself slowly on the ground and then roll continuously until fire extinguishes. Visit immediately a hospital and get proper remedy for your burns.
- Fire escape plan: Always have handy the contact details of the local fire department to get in touch in case of some emergency. Also discuss with your family and come up with a viable fire escape plan. It should include how you should get out of your house safely. The next will be to mark a designated area where everyone is to meet after escaping from the house that is on fire. Even your children should know what they should do before fire takes place. It will be useful to make it a drill and practice this plan every month.
The truth is, it is impossible to prevent kitchen fire altogether. But, you can get prepared to be safe.