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Safety And Fire Prevention – Kitchen Fire Safety

More fires begin in the kitchen than any other room in the home. In fact, residential cooking is one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths. The majority of kitchen
24 Dec 2014 10:40
Safety And Fire Prevention – Kitchen Fire Safety

More fires begin in the kitchen than any other room in the home. In fact, residential cooking is one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths. The majority of kitchen fires begin with cooking equipment. Most kitchen fires are preventable if these fire safety tips are followed.

Stay in the kitchen when cooking

– Never leave cooking unattended. Oil or fat can ignite

– Always turn oven and burners off when you are finished cooking

– Always unplug electrical appliances when not in use

– Keep children a safe distance from cooking area

Stay Alert

– Cooking requires you to be rested and alert

– Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol or medications

Wear short or close-fitting sleeves

– Avoid loose sleeves that may contact burners and catch fire

– Avoid storing items on or above your stove

Turn pot handles in

– Prevent burns and stove-top fires by turning pot handles toward the back of the stove when cooking

– Whenever possible use rear burners. Pot handles that stick out can be easily bumped or grabbed by a small child

Clean cooking surfaces

– Keep appliance surfaces free of spills and grease that may catch fire

Keep combustible items clear of stove

– Keep curtains, dish towels, plastic containers and pot holders away from hot surfaces.

Operate Microwaves safely

– Always use pot holders or oven mitts to remove food from microwaves

– Remove lids carefully to avoid steam burns

Don’t overload electrical outlets

– Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many kitchen appliances

– Carefully examine electrical cords and discard any that are frayed, cracked or damaged

Working smoke alarms save lives

– Purchase and install working smoke alarms. Specialized alarms are available for the kitchen if nuisance alarms are an issue. Contact Oshawa Fire Services for more details.

– Test smoke alarms monthly and for battery operated smoke alarms replace batteries at least once a year

What to do if you have a kitchen fire?

Put a lid on it

– To extinguish a grease fire, use a potholder or oven mitts and slide a pot lid over the flames then turn the heat source off

– If the flames do not go out, immediately leave your home and call the fire department

Oven/ Microwave fires

– If a fire starts in your oven, close the oven door and turn off the heat source

– For a microwave fire, keep the door closed and turn off the microwave

– Remember, if the fire does not go out, leave your home and call the fire department immediately

Portable fire extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers can be effective in fighting small contained fires.

– Make sure the National Fire Authority has been notified by 911 before any attempts to extinguish.

– Never put the fire between yourself and your way out.

– Ensure you use the appropriate extinguisher.

– Know when and how to operate your extinguisher

In case of fire or an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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