Preventing Kitchen Fires

The American Red Cross reminds us that more home fires occur in the kitchen than anywhere else in the house. Here are some suggestions to prevent injury and loss to your home:

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended. If out for even a second, turn the stove off.
  1. Never leave your home while you are cooking.
  1. Use a timer so youll remember that the stove or oven is on.
  1. Dont wear loose clothing that could catch fire while cooking.
  1. Keep the kids away from the cooking area.
  1. Keep anything flammable away from your stove or oven.
  1. Prevent grease buildup with regular cleaning of surfaces.
  1. Locate a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.
  1. Double check stove tops, ovens, and small appliances before going to bed or leaving the home
  1. Locate smoke detectors strategically near your kitchen in places sensitive to smoke, but not activated every time the stove top is used.