What to Know About Cooking Fires in the Home | SERVPRO of Marietta West
Cooking is something that many of us do nearly every day, but did you know that it is actually a rather dangerous activity from a fire safety standpoint? Cooking is the cause of nearly half of all home fires every year, and because cooking fires can quickly get out of hand, they can cause serious and expensive damages to the home.
If this has you ready to trade in your frying pan for a takeout menu, fear not! Cooking is perfectly safe as long as you approach it with a mindset of fire prevention, which is exactly what we will discuss today.
Our top cooking safety tips are below so you can be certain you will be safe every time you fire up the oven or the stovetop.
How to Practice Fire Safety When Cooking
Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby | Having a fire extinguisher handy is one of the most important safety tips out there. While preventing a fire is important, being able to deal with one quickly and efficiently can save you a tremendous amount of worry. Make sure your fire extinguisher is rated for cooking applications and that it is easily within reach.
Practice Stovetop Safety | The burners on the stovetop can do more than simply heat food, and unfortunately, are the cause of many cooking fires. Having flammable objects too close to the stovetop, leaving food cooking while unattended or not cleaning grease away from heat sources are all major fire starters. Additionally, it is a good idea to turn your pot handles toward the back of the stove so they do not accidentally get bumped.
Be Careful to Clean Your Oven | Oven fires are often caused by dirty ovens and can be easily prevented with regular cleaning. Crumbs and grease can both be flammable if conditions are right, but cleaning can take care of the issue before it becomes a problem. If you do have a fire in your oven, turn the oven off, keep the door closed and let things cool completely before addressing the issue.