All types of home fires are extremely dangerous, but most are preventable, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Kitchen fires account for roughly 40% of all home fires, and 36% of all fire-related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. So let’s stay safe. Follow these easy safety tips, courtesy of the NFPA.
How to prevent a kitchen fire
1. Be alert. If you’re tired or tipsy, don’t use the stove or oven.
2. Never leave the kitchen — even for a short time — when food is frying, grilling, or broiling. Don’t leave the house if food is simmering, baking, or roasting.
3. Use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
4. Clear away from stovetops anything that can catch fire, like cloth and paper towels, oven mitts, and wooden spoons.
How to put out a kitchen fire
1. Get out of the kitchen. Close the door behind you when you leave to help prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of your house.
2. When you reach safety, call 911 or your local emergency number.
3. Make sure others are out of the house and you have an escape route before you try to fight the fire.
4. Smother a grease fire by sliding a pot lit over the pan. Then, turn off the stove. Don’t remove the lid until the pan is cool.
5. If your oven catches fire, turn it off and keep the door closed.