How to Avoid Cooking Fires
Cooking fires are a real danger in the home. They can happen when you least expect it, so it’s important to be prepared for any situation. Cooking fires can be caused by grease or oil, foods that are left unattended on a stovetop or grill, and even towels and potholders that get too close to heat sources.
Never leave cooking food unattended.
Ensure that you are always aware of what is going on in the kitchen, especially when it comes to stoves, ovens, and other appliances.
If you have a small child who is not old enough to understand how dangerous hot or boiling liquids can be, then do not allow them to use these items at all. Make sure they cannot reach them or go near them without your supervision.
Keep towels and potholders away from heat sources.
A towel or potholder can post a risk if left too close to flames. So, keep towels and potholders away from heat sources. Don't use them to move hot pans, and don't use them to open the oven door.
Also, don't leave them on the stovetop as they can get caught in a flame or if something falls over onto the stove and starts a fire!
Do not let children handle hot foods or liquids.
If you have children, it's important to remember that they shouldn't be allowed to handle hot foods or liquids. This is because new research has shown that both children and adults have a higher risk of burns when handling these items.
Children should also not be allowed to play with matches or lighters — nor should they be permitted to use the stove or oven.
Do Not Move Pots or Pans
If a fire starts in a pot or pan on the stove, do not move them. Turn off the burner then cover it with a lid and never put water on it.
If you have to move the pan, use oven mitts or potholders because they are made to be used in high-heat situations.
Use an all-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher.
Do not use water or flour to put out a grease fire. A dry chemical fire extinguisher can be found in most kitchens and is relatively inexpensive to purchase at your local hardware store if yours does not have one available.
Stay calm and get everyone out of the house. If you're alone, call 911 from a neighbor's phone or from outside your house as soon as possible. Do not go back inside until cleared to do so by emergency responders.
Install Smoke Detectors
A smoke detector should be installed on each floor of your home and inside every bedroom.
- Install smoke alarms in your house. Smoke alarms are a must-have for any house. It is critical to have working smoke detectors installed throughout your home as well as in bedrooms to allow for an early warning when a fire starts.
- Test them regularly: The best way to ensure that your smoke alarm works are to test them regularly, especially after power outages or long stretches without use.
How to avoid cooking fires
There are a few simple things you can do to prevent cooking fires in your home, including:
- Keep towels and potholders away from heat sources, especially if they are made of materials such as terry cloth that may melt or catch fire easily.
- Do not leave the stove unattended.
- Do not let children handle hot foods or liquids.
- If a fire starts in a pan on the stove, do not move it; turn off the burner then cover the pan with a lid, and never put water on it!
It's important to remember that cooking fires are preventable. If your home or business suffers from a fire, don't hesitate and give our SERVPRO of South & West Charleston team a call today! Our team can take care of all your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs.