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Prevent Fires Where Many of Them Start - in The Kitchen

Prevent Fires Where Many of Them Start - in The Kitchen

Prevent fires where many of them start – in the kitchen

More fires start in the kitchen than any other part of the home.

Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen, with unattended cooking a factor in about one-third. Two-thirds start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Cooking ranges account for more than half of home cooking fires, while ovens account for nearly 20 percent.

To help prevent kitchen fires, take the following steps:

  • When frying, grilling or broiling food, stay in the kitchen.
  • Always maintain a kid- and pet-free zone within at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking, in case of a grease fire. If a grease fire occurs, slide the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Keep a proper fire extinguisher in an easy-to-locate position near the kitchen. Do not place it next to the stove; you may not be able to reach it if something on the stove is on fire.
  • Periodically check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are charged. Check the owner’s manual for details on how to check the charge.

A reminder about fire extinguishers:

Different fire extinguishers are designated for different classes of fires:

  • Class A – ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, plastics, and clothing;
  • Class B – flammable liquids such as grease, gas, and oil;
  • Class C – energized electrical devices, such as appliances and electrical motors; and
  • Class D – combustible metals, such as magnesium.
  • Water extinguishers are appropriate for Class A fires only.

Most fire extinguishers available in home-goods stores are ABC-type and safe to use for Class A, B or C fires.

For more information and safety tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association.