Beware of Kitchen Fires St Louis
The number one cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. When cooking anything on top of the stove, or in the oven, stay with it. For long-cooking dishes, plan activities you can do in the kitchen, such as cleaning or preparing other dishes. If “kitchen activities” don’t come to mind, consider reading, writing, chatting with family or friends, or even reading a story to the kids. All of these can keep you happily and productively occupied while keeping an eye on what is being cooked.
Prevent Fire Damage St. Louis
Fire safety and prevention are paramount in every home. Some basic home safety steps can help prevent kitchen fires, such as keeping the stove top and oven clean, making sure combustibles are moved away from the stove and removing pans or pots with grease off of the stove immediately after use (turning on the wrong burner has happened to all of us!). With new home safety advances in recent years, there are also now products that can ensure kitchen fires caused by unattended cooking do not happen.
If You Cannot Or Don’t Want To Stay In The Kitchen:
- Have a working smoke alarm installed where it can warn of potential fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
- Check frequently on food that is cooking.
Kitchen Fire Prevention Tips:
- Watch children closely in the kitchen. Teach them fire safety and proper handling of tools to prevent burns, cuts, or other injuries. Stay with children for every cooking step as they are learning to cook. Reinforce and praise their safety skills.
- Keep flammable materials, such as curtains, towels, pot holders, plastic or paper bags, far away from cooking surfaces.
- Keep in mind that grease fires can quickly spread to the entire kitchen. Clean your cooking surfaces and counters frequently to prevent food and grease build-up. Ideally this should be done immediately after cooking, or during clean-up after each meal.
- Boiling water or hot grease thrown from a jostled pan can cause severe burns. Keep the area in front of the stove clear and calm while cooking.
- Wear short-sleeve, close fitting clothing when cooking. Loose clothing can more easily catch fire.
- Store all solvents and flammable cleaners well away from all heat sources. Never keep gasoline or kerosene in the house, especially not in the kitchen.
- While cooking, make sure pan handles are turned away from the front of the stove so that no one will accidentally bump them.
Kitchens are a natural place for fires to start: you are already working with open flames or very high heat. Take extra precautions to prevent fires, and if a fire does start – take action to minimize health hazards and reduce fire-related damage to your home or business. Put safety first: fire may cause damage to the structure, including short circuits in the electrical system while producing chemical hazards. Learn the safety rules to protect yourself and avoid injury or infection. Secure your property and personal belongings from further damage.
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