Easy Kitchen Fire Safety Tips for your Kingston Home
Fact- Cooking fires are the leading cause of household fires every year. An astonishing 48% of home fires were a result of cooking!
Preparing meals is something most of us do in our Ulster County homes for virtually every meal, but being so used to it can lead to relaxed safety measures that can put you and your family in danger.
The good news is that when it comes to fires in the kitchen, many can be prevented. If you practice a bit of safety every time you cook, you can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a kitchen fire. Accidents happen, but some helpful tips can really go a long way for kitchen safety.
Important safety tips to get you started:
-Stay alert and attentive. Unattended cooking can be extremely dangerous, as equipment can catch fire and quickly turn to a disaster if no one is in the room to catch it early. Always stay in the kitchen while the stove, oven or other appliance is on, and it’s highly recommended to completely avoid cooking if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
-Keep items away from stove tops and ovens. While potholders, wooden cooking utensils and dish towels are an integral part of being in the kitchen, they are also quite flammable. Keep these things at a good distance from the stove top to avoid having them accidentally catch fire.
-Create a safety buffer around your stove. This should be a 3-feet area around you and your stove that stays free of children and pets in order to prevent burns and spills that could become injuries and fires.
-Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While you should only use a fire extinguisher if it is completely safe to do so, having one handy can prevent a small accident from turning into a major disaster.
Make sure your fire extinguisher is classified to extinguish grease fires, as these are quite common in the kitchen and should never be doused with water.
If you experience a grease or kitchen fire in your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us immediately. As the experts in fire damage restoration in the Ulster County area, we’ll help make it "Like it never even happened."