10 Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are not only the leading cause of home structure fires, the majority of kitchen fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves.
- Stay in the kitchen, don't leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
- Watch your clothing, Long flowing sleeves,large-fitting shirts and even aprons can catch fire.
- Be aware of items around the stovetop, move flammable items away from your stovetop.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen.
- Change the batteries in your smoke detector, you need to make sure your smoke detector is operable.
- Never throw hot grease in the garbage can, it can cause something in the garbage can to catch on fire.
- Extinguish candles, be sure to extinguish candle flames as soon as you are done in the kitchen.
- Be prepared to put out a fire, the best thing to do if you have a stovetop fire is to put a proper fitting lid over the pan or pot to smother the fire.
- Have an escape plan, include a meeting place once everyone is out of the home.
- Stop, Drop, and Roll, if in the event that you do catch on fire- Stop where you are, Drop to the ground, and Roll.
SERVPRO of Gainesville are here to help you in case you experience fire damage in your home. 770-536-1010.