According to studies, the number one cause of most fire incidents at home is cooking fire. Of course, the most common scenario you can ever think of are pans left unattended for quite a period of time. However, there are also other small causes that you may never have heard of.
House fires are always bad news for you and your family. This is why you must prevent it from happening at all costs. In order to do this, you must know the various ways on how you can prevent kitchen fires.
Here are some tips that can help you get started:
Be mindful of your clothing.
Since you are at home, you think you can dress however you wish. Well, that Is true at some point. However, there are some types of clothes and fabric that you should avoid wearing while you cook. These may include long, flowy fabrics as well as large-fitting T-shirts. It is always recommended that you wear close fitted sleeves and a well-fitted apron. If you must wear baggy shirts, you can always tie them at the back while you cook.
Do not leave cooking unattended.
If you are cooking something, then you should avoid leaving the kitchen. In the event that there is a need for you to do so, be safe and turn off your stove, and remove any pots and pans from the heat. This goes the same with broiling food with the use of the oven. You must also turn off your broiler and take the food out of the oven.
Take a look at the items near the stove top.
It is a must that you remove any flammable items from your stove top. Common materials that can be found near the stove top that must be removed include curtains, kitchen towels and kitchen cords.
Use oven mitts instead of kitchen towels.
When you are taking a pot off the burner, it would be wiser to use an oven mitt. This is because a kitchen towel has the tendency to dangle down. There will be an increased chance that it will touch the burner and might be set on fire.
Dispense hot grease the right way.
A lot of people throw hot grease in the trash can. After all, the grease is not on fire so it is perfectly safe, right? Wrong. Even if the grease has no fire, it has the tendency to cause any other materials in your garbage to burn. Instead, allow the grease to cool down then pour it into any used cans you have.
Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
It is always better to be prepared. After all, it’s okay to be safe than sorry, right? In the event that you were not able to prevent fire, then you need to have something to help you extinguish the flames. Having a fire extinguisher can create the difference between a burnt pan and a burnt kitchen. Aside from having the fire extinguisher, it is best if you know how to use it too.
A house on fire is never a good experience, regardless of any way you look at it. So, do yourself and your family a big favor and put all these tips into practice.
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