Every day across the nation, fires devastate homes and businesses. Only a few seconds can make the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy in a fire. Fire safety isn’t just for children. Every member of your family must take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week™ to understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
When it comes to fires, don’t try and be a hero if the blaze gets too big. Focus on escaping safely and dial 911. In this blog, you’ll find information on the most common types of kitchen fires, how to extinguish them, and also how to prevent them.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. When a fire starts in the kitchen, you’ll need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. How you put a kitchen fire out depends on what kind of fire you have and where it is. Follow these instructions for putting out these types of common kitchen fires:
Grease. The most common type of kitchen fire is a grease fire. Grease fires are especially hazardous, as they can quickly get out of control, spreading into other rooms of the house and cause severe injury and property damage. If a small grease fire starts, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool. If the fire doesn’t go out, baking soda or salt may also be used to help put it out. However, flour should never be used to put out a grease fire. It can make the fire much worse and can even cause an explosion.
Oven. Oven fires are scary but can be easily contained and prevented. Leave the oven door closed and turn off the oven to allow the fire to burn out on its own. If it does not go out, have everyone evacuate and dial 911. If it does go out, open your windows, and carefully open the oven door. Allow the smoke to clear before determining the cause of the fire and resume cooking.
Microwave. As one of the safest cooking appliances you can own, if a microwave causes a fire, it’s typically for the same reasons as an electric oven. If you notice a fire in the microwave, immediately unplug it, then leave the door closed to allow the fire to suffocate. If you believe that the fire may spread, immediately call the fire department.
What You Can Do To Prevent Kitchen Fires
To avoid the health risks, dangers, and damage produced by a kitchen fire, you should know how to prevent one from happening before one can start. Below are a few safety tips you can use to avoid a kitchen fire:
- Keep a watchful eye on what you are cooking. Fires can start quickly in the kitchen. Therefore, it’s important you are always paying attention to what is cooking so you can respond quickly if a fire starts.
- Keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a fire starts, placing a lid over the pot or pan you are cooking with can help to put it out and prevent it from getting worse.
- Make sure your oven is clean and ready to use. Scraps left at the bottom of an oven can easily catch fire. To prevent an oven fire from occurring, you should plan on cleaning your oven about every 12 weeks.
- Check your smoke detector batteries every month. A working smoke alarm can significantly increase your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Check yours each month to make sure the batteries are working and that the devices themselves are still functional.
- Contact your local fire department. If misused, fire extinguishers can cause more harm than good. It’s a smart decision to contact your local fire department for information on training, proper use, and maintenance of fire extinguishers.
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