Christmas is about bringing loved ones together and sharing a delicious dinner of a variety of food. However, cooking is the primary cause of home fires. Because of this, it is important that you are aware of how you can avoid a fire, as well as what to do should a fire flare up.
How to Avoid Kitchen Cooking Fires
- Make sure your kitchen smoke alarm is properly working.
- While cooking, never leave the stove unattended. It should always been turned off if you leave the room, even for a minute, as that’s all it takes for a fire to start.
- Keep your cooking area clear of any items that could catch fire as well as combustible materials.
- Ensure your stovetop is clean and is free of any built-up grease, which can catch fire easily.
- Never wear loose clothing and/or sleeves while cooking.
- Make sure you have a fire extinguisher close by in the event of a fire.
What to Do When You Have a Cooking Fire
- If you are not sure whether or not you can control and contain the fire, leave your home immediately and call 911.
- Do NOT throw water onto a grease fire.
- Have a decent size lid nearby the stove in the event of a small grease fire. In most cases, you can put the fire out by smothering the flames.
- If you have an oven fire, shut the door and turn the oven off. It should stay closed until the fire is completely out.
- The same is true for a microwave fire. Turn it off, shut the door and unplug it if you can.