Kitchen Fire Safety
Kitchen fires are the number one cause of residential fire in the United States. 90% of kitchen fires are cooking related. Simply following these basic fire safety tips can prevent kitchen fires.
- Never leave cooking unattended. Stay in the kitchen whenever anything is cooking, and do not leave food cooking on your stove or in your oven when you leave home.
- Keep appliances clean. Built-up grease catches fire easily. Wipe appliance surfaces after spills and clean stove surfaces and ovens regularly.
- Be alert. Studies show that 43 percent of the people who have died in cooking fires were asleep. Do not attempt to cook if you have been drinking alcohol or are drowsy.
- Wear close-fitting sleeves. Loose sleeves can dangle too close to hot stove burners and catch fire. Protect yourself by wearing sleeves that fit snugly or rolling up your sleeves securely when you cook.
If A Fire Starts
- Smother a grease fire
- Never pour water on a cooking fire
- If a pan of food catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan and turn off your stove burner
- Fires grow very rapidly and can double in size every 30 seconds
- Call 911 immediately after discovering a fire
Keep Flammable Objects Clear of the Stove
Potholders, dishtowels, and curtains catch fire easily. Keep such items a safe distance from your stove.
Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
Plugging too many kitchen appliances - especially heat-producing appliances such as toasters, coffee pots, waffle irons, or electric frying pans - into the same electrical outlets or circuits could overload your circuit, overheat, or cause a fire. Keep heat-producing appliances out from under cabinets and away from walls or curtains. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords immediately. If an electrical appliance gets wet inside, have it serviced before using it again.
Microwave ovens stay cool, but what’s cooked in them can be very hot. Use pot holders when removing food from microwave ovens. Remove lids from packaged microwave foods carefully to prevent steam burns, and test food temperature before eating. If anything catches fire in your microwave, keep the door closed and turn off or unplug the microwave. Opening the door will only feed oxygen to the fire. Do not use the oven again until it is serviced.
Turn Pot Handles Inward
A pot handle sticking out over the edge of your stove can be bumped in passing or grabbed by a child. Prevent burns and stove-top fires by always turning handles in toward the back of the stove.
Learn First Aid for Burns
Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes. This will minimize skin damage and ease the pain. Never apply butter or other grease to a burn. If burned skin is blistered or changed, see a doctor as soon as possible.