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Fire Prevention Week Tips: Kitchen Safety

Post Date:10/09/2017 3:30 PM

Kitchen fire by State Farm on Flickr Creative Commons  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ 

House fires often start in the kitchen. The following safety tips will help you prevent a kitchen fire:

  • Never leave anything on your stove unattended. Don’t put anything combustible – napkins, paper, bags of food, etc. – on your stove, even if the heating elements are not in use. Do not store extra pans or combustibles in the oven.
  • A house fire started in the City of Melbourne when homeowners left a bag of dog food on their stove. The family dog jumped up and while pawing at the bag one of the knobs on the stove turned on, which heated up the burner and set the bag on fire, which eventually caused severe damage to the kitchen and living room.
  • When cooking, have a frying pan lid close by so if a fire starts you can smother it with the lid. NEVER throw water on a grease fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.

Learn More:

About Fire Prevention Week:

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8 – 14, 2017.

Some information on this page reproduced from NFPA’s website, www.nfpa.org/publiceducation. © NFPA

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