We're in the middle of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15), and we want central New Jersey home owners to know that kitchen fires are extremely preventable. Thanks to houselogic.com, here are some great tips to stay safe now and during the holidays (when you really put your oven and stove through their paces).
Cooking fires, primarily started on ranges or in ovens, cause 40% of all house fires, and 36% of all fire-related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Frying poses the greatest risk, and Thanksgiving is the peak day for kitchen fires. Let's all stay safe, with these ideas from the NFPA.
Prevent a kitchen fire
Be alert. If you’re tired or tipsy, don’t use the stove or oven.
- Never leave the kitchen — even for a short time — when food is frying, grilling, or broiling.
- Don’t leave the house if food is simmering, baking, or roasting.
Use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
Clear away from stovetops anything that can catch fire, like cloth and paper towels, oven mitts, and wooden spoons.
Put out a kitchen fire
Get out of the kitchen. Close the door behind you when you leave to help prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of your house.
When you reach safety, call 911 or your local emergency number.
Make sure others are out of the house and you have an escape route before you try to fight the fire.
Smother a grease fire by sliding a pot lit over the pan. Then, turn off the stove. Don’t remove the lid until the pan is cool.
If your oven catches fire, turn it off and keep the door closed.
Leave a comment below and tell us: Have you ever had a fire in your kitchen? How did you put it out?
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