Prevent Cooking Fires - Watch What You Heat
There are numerous reported home fires associated with cooking equipment every year, resulting in deaths and injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Three in 10 reported home fires start in the kitchen - more than any other place in the home.
Kitchens can be a dangerous area in the home and account for a high number of fires and injuries.
The reason most cooking fires happen is that someone leaves the kitchen when there is something cooking on the stove. Watch the stove, so you’ll be able to respond quickly if food bubbles up or if something goes wrong. It is important to pay attention to the cooking area and remove hazards, such as knick-knacks or other combustibles that are placed too close to the burners. Prevent kitchen fires by following a few basic fire safety tips: Be alert while using kitchen appliances, Don’t leave cooking unattended, Keep kitchen appliances clean, and keep flammable objects clear of the stove.
Extinguishing Grease Fires
Built up grease catches fire easily. Wipe appliance surfaces after spills and clean stove surfaces, ovens and appliances regularly. An appropriate sized lid should be kept near the stove to cover and smother any grease fire contained in a pan. Baking soda can also be used. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire
- Don't cook if you are drowsy or feeling the effects of alcohol, medication or other drugs
- Roll up your sleeves and don't wear loose fitting clothing. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll until the fire is out.
- Clean cooking equipment regularly to remove grease or cooking materials that can ignite.
Test your smoke alarms to make sure they're working so that if a fire does start you'll have the early warning necessary for everyone to exit the home quickly. Sit down with the whole family and work out an escape plan. Everyone needs to know how to get out of the house if a fire starts. Be sure to designate a meeting place outside the house where everyone can gather once they're out. Check the cords to any electrical heaters you have to make sure that they're not frayed or worn and be sure that all other heating appliances are in good working order.
The Rochester Fire Department will host and participate in many activities during Fire Prevention Week, and we'd like to talk to you about fire prevention and safety. If you live in the city and you need a smoke alarm or if you'd like a home or business safety inspection, please call us at (585) 428-1362.
NFPA Safety Link
Kitchen Fire Safety Information from the National Fire Protection Association