Always remember to be safe in the kitchen.

Tips For Preventing Kitchen Fires

October 31st, 2016 by

Always remember to be safe in the kitchen.

An average of eight Canadians are killed by fire each week, according to Fire Prevention Canada. Approximately three-quarters of these deaths occur as a result of residential fires. 

Additional studies have shown that cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries and deaths in the home. As a homeowner, you obviously have a strong interest in staying safe while you prepare your meals. Here are some tips for better fire safety in the kitchen:

  • Be aware of your surroundings while cooking. You should never leave food unattended while cooking it. You might be surprised by how quickly a dish can go from a light simmer to an uncontrollable fire. But the food isn't the only thing you need to keep an eye on. Wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, and pot holders can ignite if not kept away from heating surfaces. So too can loose clothing, so keep that in mind at all times.
  • Rearrange your kitchen to avoid fire hazards. Your kitchen window may give you a lovely view of the backyard, but those long drapes are probably a bad idea. If they get too close to the stove, they will burn quickly. When designing the layout of your kitchen appliances, make sure to spend some time thinking about safety.
  • Keep the place clean. Even the best chefs will make a mess when they cook. No matter how careful you are, you are going to spatter grease from time to time. Just be sure to clean this up when you are done, otherwise you could experience a dangerous grease fire down the road. 

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