fireOne of the most delightful things about having a place you can call your home is that you get to cook whatever you want inside of it. Making delicious meals and sharing them with family and friends is one of the most enjoyable parts of life. However, every year thousands of cooking fires are started all over the country. In fact, more fires start in the kitchen than in any other area of the home. If you want to be safe while you are cooking, follow these tips to practice home cooking safety.

Some Facts to Make You Take Home Cooking Safety Seriously

According to the Mayo Clinic, the leading cause of fires in the home is cooking. In fact, one out of every eight homes in the nation will suffer a cooking fire at some point during the year. Home cooking is responsible for many emergency room visits,with individuals seeking treatment for burns from ranges and ovens.

Preventing Home Cooking Fires and Accidents

Now that you know just how dangerous home cooking can be, you can take the proper steps to ensure that your home does not become a part of these statistics. If you want to practice home cooking safety, it starts with never leaving cooking items unattended. Even if you only have to leave the room or your home for a few minutes, you need to turn the oven or stove burners off while you are out of the room.
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If you are simmering things for a long time, you will probably need to leave the room while you have the burner on a low setting. This is okay, but make sure that you set a timer to remind yourserlf to check on the pots every 20 or 30 minutes.

When you are cooking, make sure to keep things that are flammable away from the source of heat. Be especially careful to not leave potholders, paper towels or dishcloths on the stove while you are cooking. You should also take care to keep loose sleeves rolled up while up are cooking.

Careful with the Kids

Kids can be especially vulnerable to having accidents with hot items in the kitchen. You should establish a three-foot buffer zone around your stove for your kids. Make sure you kids know that they should never come inside this three-foot bubble even when the stove appears to be off. Never let kids be in the kitchen unattended when you are cooking things. Also, you should ensure that all handles of pots are turned in towards the back of the stove to prevent little hands from reaching them.

Fire Protection

You should protect your home from fires by having fires safety gear installed in your home. This includes home security systems featuring a fire alarm service. This will ensure that you get the fastest response from the fire department if a fire occurs in your home.

If You Have a Cooking Fire

Even if you are very safe, a cooking fire may happen despite your best efforts to prevent it. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you need to get out immediately if you have a fire. Call 911 as soon as you get out of the home, and don’t try to go back into the house until the fire department has put out the fire.

Home cooking fire safety is not hard. Simply never leave things unattended while you are cooking. As long as you keep an eye on things while you are cooking, you should be able to keep your kitchen free from fire. Make sure to have a quality fire alarm service installed as part of home security systems to keep yourself protected if a fire does occur, and you will keep your family safe at all times.

Todd Bedford

Todd is the President of Lifeline Fire & Security, the only Authorized Honeywell dealer in Hawaii. He serves as President of the Kapolei Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Rotary Club.
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