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How to Prevent a Kitchen Fire

Learn how to prevent a cooking fire; protect your home and your family.
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How to Prevent a Kitchen Fire

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Learn how to prevent a cooking fire; protect your home and your family.

Each year, there are more than 150,00 home fires in the United States. Most of these start in the kitchen. Learn how to prevent a cooking fire; protect your home and your family. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an authority on fire, electrical and building safety, cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires, which generate approximately $794 million in damages each year. The top causes of kitchen or cooking fires are:

  • Stovetops: 58 percent
  • Ovens: 16 percent
  • Microwaves: 5 percent
  • Portable cookers: 4 percent
  • Barbecue grills: 2 percent
  • Deep fryers: 1 percent

Surprised?

Most kitchen fires are caused when cooks get distracted and don’t pay attention to their cooking. Fire and heat can be dangerous, so it is always important to keep an eye on things. Here are some other ways to prevent kitchen fires.

  • Inspect and maintain kitchen appliances, both large and small.
  • Always turn off the stovetop when you leave the kitchen.
  • Never cook when you have had too much to drink.
  • Keep flammable items, such as kitchen towels and potholders, far away from the stovetop. 
  • Keep a large, heavy lid within reach in case you need to smother a fire.
  • Keep a working fire extinguisher handy. 
  • Pat down chicken before frying to reduce the chance of oil splattering on the stovetop. 
  • Don’t wear loose clothing or billowing sleeves (such as on a robe) that could catch on fire.  
  • Pull the plug if your microwave, toaster oven or other small appliance starts to spark. 
  • Invest in a smart stove that automatically shuts off or even extinguishes a fire. These appliances are considered luxury appliances, but advances in technology should be bringing prices down soon. 

 

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