Season’s greetings! Now that the winter holidays are fast approaching, it’s a good time to review your fire safety measures. Here’s how to prevent those kitchen fires that can otherwise present a considerable safety risk to you and yours.
Preventing Kitchen Fires or Burns
Keep children safe: Keep your children safe from hot stoves. Mark the edges to point out where they can touch it, except when it is hot. You should also teach them how to operate the oven safely, but tell them they need to be extra careful when the heating element is on. If you tend to store items such as pots and pans in the oven when it isn’t in use, remind them to check if anything is inside before they want to help you heat the oven.
Organize the stove: Keep your stovetop organized. It’s easier to use the front burners, but there are reasons why you have back burners, no matter if your stove is gas or electric. Move handles out of the way unless you need to grab them to hold the pots and pans steady.
Limit temperatures: Boiling water is a key ingredient in many dishes and treats, even if you just plan on making some tea or hot cocoa. Don’t make your hot water too hot, because burns and scald injuries can be caused by steam and water as easily as flames or sizzling grease.
Know what to do: Let’s say that you or someone else in the kitchen is cut, burned, or otherwise injured. You’ll need to know what to do next. Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in the kitchen. Use some cold water on burns, and avoid the instinct to try ice or lotions to help heal the affected area.
More Good Tips
Pay attention: Pay attention when you’re cooking. Kitchen fires often happen due to distraction, exhaustion, or even intoxication.
Clean up: It’s vital that you keep your kitchen clean. Besides being safer and more fun to spend time in, a dirty kitchen is an enormous fire hazard.
Check smoke alarms: Make sure that all of your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are fully functional and will work when you need them.
Create a plan: It also doesn’t hurt to create and practice an emergency escape plan, especially if the kitchen fires that occur are too dangerous for you to attempt to contain without emergency responders.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
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