Prevent kitchen fires with these simple safety tips
The holidays are here and that can mean big cooking projects and lots of distractions when your home is full of guests. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. and it’s also the leading cause of fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, the three leading dates for home structure fires caused by cooking in 2019 were Thanksgiving, Christmas day and Christmas Eve.
Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of a cooking-related fire.
Kitchen Fire Prevention Tips
- Heat oil gradually to avoid burns from spattering grease. Use extra caution when preparing deep-fried foods.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time turn off the stove.
- Keep towels, pot holders, clothing and curtains away from flames and heating elements. Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
- Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep a fire extinguisher available.
- Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup that could ignite.
- If a fire breaks out while cooking, put a lid on the pan to smother it. Never throw water on a grease fire.
- Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
- Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house. Make sure all small appliances are turned off.
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Visit our Fire Safety and Prevention page for more information on creating an escape plan and what to do in the event of a home fire.