Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
When you’re cooking a beautiful meal for your family or friends, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of a kitchen fire. But unfortunately, kitchen fires and related injuries are always a possibility.
Thankfully, with a little planning and kitchen safety, you can dramatically reduce your chance of a kitchen fire. In this post from Restoration Network, we’re sharing our top kitchen fire safety tips so you can stay safe while you’re perfecting your omelet recipe.
Check out these tips and if you ever need fire damage restoration – we’ve got you covered.
Safe Cooking Tips
Safe cooking practices are your first line of defense against kitchen fires. Use this advice to stay safe in the kitchen:
● Keep a fire extinguisher underneath your sink and make sure everyone in your household knows how to use it.
● Don’t ever leave your stove unattended. If you do have to leave for a moment, turn the burner off first.
● Keep your cooking equipment clear of crumbs, grease, and dust.
● Never prepare food while intoxicated.
● Don’t allow young children within three feet of hot food prep areas.
● Keep your cooktop clear of anything combustible like food packaging or potholders.
● Don’t leave combustible items anywhere on or near your stove.
● Turn handles inward toward the back of the stove so they can’t be grabbed or bumped.
● Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing while you’re cooking, and roll up your sleeves.
● Dispose of hot grease safely by letting it cool first. Never pour oil or grease down the drain.
Handling a Kitchen Fire
How you handle a kitchen fire can mean the difference between a minor emergency and a serious disaster. Knowing what to do and remaining calm is essential to ensuring the best possible outcome.
Never throw water on a grease fire. Even a tiny amount of water will become superheated in oil or grease, causing it to erupt. Instead, you need to smother a grease fire. Follow these steps:
1. Cover the fire with a metal lid or baking sheet. Don’t touch this until it’s completely cooled.
2. Shut off the heat source.
3. Smother the fire with salt or baking soda.
4. If necessary, use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.
5. If you can’t safely put out the fire, get everyone out of the house, close the door behind you, and call 911.
Microwave and Oven Fires
Your primary goal with an oven fire or microwave fire is to keep it contained. Close the door of the oven or microwave and keep it closed until the flames are out as this helps to contain the fire. Turn off the heat and let the fire burn out.
Twin Cities Fire Damage Repair Services
When you need fire restoration services in the Twin Cities area, Restoration Network offers free inspections and 24/7 emergency services. We’ll get you your kitchen back fast. Give us a call at 612-564-0202 or contact us online today.