Kitchen Safety: Learn to keep yourself, family, and home safe from kitchen fires

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Most home fires occur in the kitchen more than anywhere else in the house and cooking is the number one cause of home fires

Most kitchens are typically equipped with appliances like a stove, a microwave oven, a refrigerator, dishwasher and other electrical appliances. The main function of a kitchen is serving as a location for storing, cooking ,preparing food and doing related tasks but it may also be used for dining, entertaining and laundry. As a result of these kind of activities, the air in a kitchen differs from that of other rooms in that it typically contains grease, smoke and odours.

Besides removing excess hot air and introducing incoming cool clean air to make it comfortable for cooking, a proper ventilation of your kitchen can reduce the risk of a fire outbreak.

Most home fires occur in the kitchen more than anywhere else in the house and cooking is the number one cause of home fires i.e unattended cooking.

Results from a US Nationwide phone survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2013 of 1,005 adults ages 18-65+ reports that

  1. Forty-Two percent of surveyed consumers say they have left the kitchen to talk or text on the phone, and 35 percent to use the computer to check email while food is cooking.

  2. Nearly half (45 percent) of consumers say they have left the room to watch television or listen to music.

  3. Nearly one third (29 percent) of consumers reported that they have intentionally disabled smoke alarms while cooking.

Here are some ways to prevent kitchen fires
  1. Never leave cooking food unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

  2. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

  3. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

  4.  Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop. Turn off the burner or remove the pan if you notice smoke.

  5.  Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again.

  6. Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying.

You can find more tips on how to prevent kitchen fires from this Red Cross webpage and also from National Fire Protection Association webpage on safety messages concerning cooking

How to handle Kitchen Fires when they occur
  1. Never throw water.A dry chemical fire extinguisher -place between your kitchen and the nearest exit – can be used for grease, oil, electrical fires.

  2. If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of the house. Call the fire department from outside.

3. For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

4. Follow the Stop, Drop, Roll Principal. Don’t run if your clothing catches fire – stop where you are, drop to the ground, and roll. Then get to a hospital to get treatment for your burns.



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