While the days are cooling off with the pending arrival of fall,
many people will pack up their summer picnic basket and exchange it for fall
cuisines and cooking at home. There’s something about a delicious home-cooked
meal that gets your mouth watering. While many people take cooking safety for
granted; it should be clear that most home fires start in the
kitchen. Before turning on that burner, it’s important to know the top causes
of kitchen fires.
Most common causes of
Before preparing that pan and flipping on the burner, there
are a few things you should look out for:
- Unattended cooking equipment: leaving your food while your attention is held elsewhere, even for a short period of time, can have disastrous results
- Food: two-thirds of all kitchen fires have begun when the food in the pan has erupted into flames
- Frying: there are many ways to cook food on the stove, but frying is the most common way that a fire can start, mainly because hot oil is so unpredictable and can splatter onto open flame.
- Clothing: while clothing isn’t always involved in a kitchen fire, it is one of the leading causes of kitchen fire deaths
Safety tips to avoid
It goes without saying that you should never leave food
unattended. If you leave the room, turn off the burner. Other safety tips
- Never hang towels, potholders, or any other type
of cloth on, or over the stove where it can catch fire.
- Keep your stovetop clean. Buildup of fat and
food particles can easily start kitchen fires
- Never cook if you’re under the influence of
alcohol or prescription drugs. You need to be able to function with a clear
head in these situations
- Ventilation: make sure your ventilation is
working properly. If it’s blocked, you may have a potentially dangerous
situation on your hands, particularly if you’re using a gas stove.
- Water can be a dangerous thing if you’re cooking
with oil. If you’re frying food that has been rinsed, dry it well before
cooking. Also, if a pan fire has begun, never put it out with water, it can
erupt and spread, cover it with a lid to smother it.
- Stove tops aren’t the only way to cook. Microwave
safely; never put anything metallic in the microwave, nor dry clothes in it.
- If you’re cooking a romantic candlelit dinner,
make sure you use wider, shorter candles as they will be less likely to tip
over. And always remember to extinguish them after your dinner.
In case of a fire
If a fire does erupt in your kitchen and your family has
made it out safely, you may need help in restoring your home. Soil-Away
Cleaning and Restoration can help. With over 25 years of experience in cleaning
up and repairing damage after kitchen fires, they will not only repair soot and
structural damage, they will also remove any smoke odor
left behind. For quick, efficient service 24/7 call Soil-Away at 603-641-6555. You
can count on them. They will get you up and running.
Written by E. Aceves