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Kitchen Fire Safety.

Cooking has long been and continues to be the most common cause of home structure fires and home fire-related injuries. Whether preparing for a family dinner or a quick snack, practicing safe cooking behaviors can help keep you and your family safe.

Kitchen Fire Safety Must-Haves

Every kitchen should have the following safety essentials on hand:

Fire Extinguisher: An ABC Dry Chemical fire extinguisher is the best option since it won’t accelerate grease fires. Read the instructions, and know how to operate it.

Smoke Detector: A smoke detector with a pause button is best in case of false alarms. Neighboring rooms to the kitchen should also have smoke detectors.

Oven Mitts: Protect those hands with a thick, durable pair.

Safe Home Cooking

Be a safe chef in your home by remembering these safety practices, and prevent a fire from ever starting:

Don’t leave your cooking unattended. Checking your email or watching TV can wait until you’ve switched off the burner.

Keep cooking area clean to prevent grease buildup.

Have nothing flammable near the stove. Keep curtains, potholders, dishtowels, food packaging, and Mom’s recipe cards away from the stove.

Roll up your sleeves, tuck in your shirt, and pin back long hair.

Heat cooking oil slowly. Be patient with those French fries; heating oil too quickly can easily start a fire.

Cooking Safe With Your Little Chefs

It may be unavoidable for kids to resist the pleasant smells wafting from the kitchen. Kids often want to help cook, so bear in mind the following tips:

Enforce a kid-free zone. Young children should be kept at least 3 feet away from the stove while older family members are cooking to avoid accidents and spills.

Use the back burners, and turn pot handles toward the center of the range. This will keep hot items out of a child’s reach and reduce the risk of spills.

Teach children that hot things can burn.

Never hold a child while cooking.

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If A Cooking Fire Starts:

Water and grease don’t mix. In the event of a grease fire, NEVER POUR WATER ON IT. It will spread. Use a fire extinguisher, or when in doubt, get out and call for help.

Put a lid on it. If a pan catches fire, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the stove burner. Leave the lid on until it is completely cool.

Keep the oven or microwave door shut if fire starts. Turn off the heat. If the flames do not go out immediately, get out and call for help.

Stop, drop, and roll. If your clothes catch fire, smother them on the kitchen floor before getting out of the house.

 

By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee. “Kitchen Fire Safety” Web blog post. Safety. State Farm. 7 Feb 2011

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