Cooking Fire Safety
Cooking fires are the most common cause of fire-related deaths and injuries in the home. Most the kitchen fires occur when cooking is left unattended. Whether you are cooking a feast for the family or rustling up a quick snack for yourself, you need to put your safety and the safety of your family first. To help you stay safe in the kitchen, here are some cooking fire safety tips along with a useful infographic and video from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) on cooking safety.
Cooking Fire Safety Tips
You cook food in your kitchen every day, so you have likely become a little complacent about kitchen fire safety. It’s when you stop thinking about the dangers that cooking poses that accidents happen. Here is a reminder of the essential cooking fire safety tips that you need to keep in mind when you are cooking in the kitchen.
1. Never Leave Cooking Unattended
The number one cooking fire safety tip is never to leave a stove or range unattended. If you do need to leave the kitchen, take the food off the heat and turn off the cooker. Fire can spread very fast, so don’t take any risks when you are cooking at home.
2. Keep Your Cooking Area Clean
Don’t let grease and food residue build-up on your cooktop. Clean up spills straight away. If food spills on your cooktop while you are cooking, it could dry out and become combustible.
3. Don’t Wear Loose Fitting Clothing
Wear tight-fitting clothing when you are cooking, or tuck in any items of clothing that could hang down onto the heat of the stove.
4. Keep the Cooking Area Free of Combustible Items
Be careful with items like towels, oven-mitts, and discarded food wrapping. Keep anything that could catch fire well-away from the cooking area.
5. Keep a Fire Extinguisher in the Kitchen
Keep a fire extinguisher in an easy to access place in the kitchen. The best type of extinguisher for home kitchens is an ABC fire extinguisher.
6. Test Your Kitchen Smoke Detector Regularly
Remember that an oven stays hot after you have switched it off. A fire could still break out after you have finished cooking. Make sure that you have a working smoke detector in your kitchen and test it regularly.
7. Buy a Fire Blanket
The best way to extinguish a kitchen grease fire is to smother the flames with a fire blanket. You can also use a fire blanket to smother the fire if a person’s clothes catch alight. Install a wall-mounted fire blanket in your kitchen so that you can reach for it quickly if you need it.
8. Only Cook When You Are Alert
Don’t cook when you are exhausted or if you have been drinking alcohol. If you come home late after a night out, that’s not the best time to start cooking. If you are tired or you have had a bit too much to drink, you might forget these kitchen fire safety tips, or you could even fall asleep and leave the stovetop turned on.
NFPA Safety Tips – Cooking Safety
Cooking Fire Safety Facts
Infographic courtesy of: National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).
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