Steps You Can Take to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Cooking at home is a fun experience that can be soothing while saving you money from going out to eat. But make sure to be careful. Many novice chefs have ended up starting fires at home without realizing it. Follow our steps below to prevent a kitchen fire at your home.

Stay Where You Are

Your attention and focus will go a long way to preventing fires in the kitchen. Any cooking that involves an open flame or an exposed coil such as broiling, grilling, sautéeing, or frying should have someone watching it in the room at all times. Stay in the kitchen while someone else runs out to grab the door or set the table. If you need to leave the room, even just for one quick thing, turn off the burner.

The slower cooking methods, including simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling, are not as reactive so you can leave the room. But make sure to stay in the house or apartment. If you are home, you can smell any problems immediately. Don’t forget to use a timer for better results.

Watch the Microwave

Let’s start with the basics, leave the metal out of the microwave. Most people are good with this. But watch out for the hidden metal in twist-tie wraps. Make sure to have pot holders or gloves ready to grab heated containers. If you see a fire start inside the microwave, stop it and unplug it. Do not open the door. Call the fire department right away.

Unplug Appliances After Use

Don’t just turn kitchen appliances off, make sure to unplug and store them when you are done with them. Some appliances include slow cookers, rice cookers, toasters, fryers, and toaster ovens. If you notice any frayed cords, don’t use that appliance. Also, avoid using extension cords.

Pick Out a Short-Sleeved Shirt

Clothing is a big problem for casual cooks. Loose material can catch fire from open flames or even resting on hot coils. Choose a short-sleeved shirt while cooking, even if its cold. If your clothing does catch, use the old stop, drop, and roll routine before calling 911. 

Absolute Services is a leading professional in Metro Detroit, offering restoration of fire, water, and smoke damage. If you had a problem in your home and need to know where to go from here, give us a call today at (248) 655-7100.

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