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Preventing Fires in the Kitchen

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing Fires in the Kitchen 

The kitchen can often be the hub of a home, a wonderfully versatile place where family and friends gather spending quality time and where some delicious meals are prepared. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also the space where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires are ranked as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of these kitchen fires.

In 2017 alone, State Farm paid over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to cooking and grease fires. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia

<h4tips-for-cooking">Safety Tips for Cooking

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is a good habit to practice, but not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Are you careful about what you wear while cooking? Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Are you cautious about what you set on the stovetop? Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Is your home equipped with a fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen? Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. Are you throwing hot grease in the garbage can without letting it cool? The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Has your family prepared a fire escape plan? Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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