Kitchen Fire Safety
Don’t leave the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove top.
Your full attention, please.
*Don’t leave the kitchen while food is cooking on the stove top.
*Continuously check items baking in the oven.
*Don’t cook if you’ve sleepy, if you’ve been drinking alcohol excessively or if you’ve taken medication that makes you drowsy.
Neat & Clean
*Keep pot holders, food packaging, cookbooks and other combustibles off your stove top.
*Wipe up spills and clean your over. Build up grease can catch fire.
*Keep curtains, dish towels and anything that burns away from your stove.
*Turn pot handles in so you can bump them.
Electrical safety in the kitchen:
*Use only one heat-producing appliance on the same circuit at a time.
*Have ground-fault circuit-interrupters (GFCI’s) installed on all kitchen-counter outlets to prevent shock hazards.
*Also protect counter-top circuits with the proper size fuses or circuit breakers.
*Replace cracked or frayed appliance cords.
*If an appliance feels too hot, smokes or gives off a funny odor, unplug it immediately and have it serviced or replaced.
*Open microwaved food slowly. Let it cool before eating.
*Never use a wet oven mitt. A hot pan could turn that dampness into scalding steam.
Fighting kitchen fires:
If a pan of food catches fire smother the flames by sliding a lid over the fire. Prevent flare-ups by leaving the pan covered until it is completely cool. Don’t use a fire extinguisher and don’t throw water on the fire. It can splatter burning grease and spread the fire. Turn off the burner.
Turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
Keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.
Report all fires to your fire department , even if you think you’ve put them out.
Dress for the occasion: loose clothing can catch fire: wear tight-fitting clothes or roll up your sleeves.
Nothing underfoot: declare a three-foot ‘kid free zone’ around your stove and keep children and pets away while you cook.
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Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the National Fire Protection Association pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the numbers above for more information.