No one ever thinks that they will ever have a fire in their kitchen, but it happens more often than we think. Therefore, we all need to be prepared and act responsibly when we are using our kitchens.
Here are 5 tips to prevent kitchen fires:
We understand that you have numerous small appliances in your kitchen, but we recommend that you only plug one of them into each outlet at a time. That will prevent the outlet from overheating and keep an electrical fire from starting.
Candles are very pretty when they are lit, and they smell nice too. However, they can cause drapes, towels, and other items to catch on fire if they get too close. If you must light a candle in your kitchen, we recommend keeping them far away from anything else and never leave them unattended.
Signs of a Gas Leak
The first sign of a gas leak is the smell of rotten eggs, and the first thing that you will want to do is get everyone out of your home and open the windows. You should call 911 from outside the house, because using anything electrical inside the house can spark the gas in the air and cause it to ignite.
Don’t Leave Cooking Food Unattended
It is so easy to leave food in the oven to go get the kids off the bus or go downstairs to get the laundry out of the dryer. However, most kitchen fires begin when items are left on the top of the stove or in the oven.
Careful of Oil
Deep frying foods makes the food taste really good, but all that splattering oil can start a grease fire quickly. And grease fires can spread faster than any other fire if you throw water on it instead of baking soda.
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Being careful when you are in the kitchen is the best way to prevent a kitchen fire, but if one does start when you are cooking you should be prepared. While you may be tempted to put it out yourself, the first thing that you should do is call 911 or have someone else do it for you. That way, help is on the way, just in case you cannot get the fire out. You can then place a lid or some baking soda on the fire to see if you can keep it from spreading before grabbing your fire extinguisher to put it out.
A well-designed kitchen should follow the golden triangle rule and have your most-used things within easy reach. The ability to pay close attention to what’s cooking while you do other things is an excellent way to prevent a kitchen fire. Call us at 724-335-8515 if you feel that your kitchen is less-than-perfect and you would like to improve the functionality, style, and safety.