Did you know?
One-fifth of all home fires in the United States start in the kitchen? The reason is due to the constant potential for fire there. For instance, if you cook two meals a day, each day of the year, that’s actually 730 fires! Controlled, we hope, but none-the-less, potential fire hazards! Let’s help you make sure that the fire department doesn’t become surprise dinner guests!
- Never use water! The most frequent kitchen fire involves oil or grease that ignites during meal preparation. Care should be taken to prevent grease build-up in the stove or range hood. Water should never be used on such fires, as it will cause the burning liquid to spatter, spreading the fie. Have a lid for every pan or skillet that is inuse. Put out fires by using the lids to shut off the oxygen to the fire. Trying to carry a burning pan outdoors or the the sink often results in splilling the liquid, which cause burn injuries and also permits fires to spread. Remember, put a lid on it!
- Do not wear loose clothing! While cooking, don’t wear loose clothing, and be very careful not to reach acros a burner at any time. Garments with long, draping sleeves or light weight sheer materials can catch fire by simply brushing agains a hot burner.
- Be careful removing any pans from the stove! Always use a hot pad. In households with small children, handles of pots and pans should be turned in so a child cannot reach them and receive a serious scald burn.
- Keep the stove clear! Whether cooking with gas or electric, never place anything on the stove you don’t want to heat. An electric coil reaches 800 degrees while a gas flame goes over 1000 degrees. Remember dish towels and pot holders ignite at 400 degrees.
- Supervise! Supervise the very young and elderly. Teach the children not to play around the stove, and never leave a stove that is unattended. Also, keep a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it!