Your kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in your home. That’s because two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 150,000 cooking-related fires happen every year. Between 2007 and 2011, kitchen fires resulted in 400 deaths, 5,080 injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
To better protect your home, here are some of the top ways to reduce home kitchen fires.
- Put a Smoke Detector Near the Kitchen – Having a smoke detector near the kitchen can help alert you of potential cooking fires. You don’t want to put it directly in the kitchen because it may get triggered too easily.
- Get a Fire Extinguisher – Having a fire extinguisher in your kitchen can help extinguish a fire before it gets out of control. Regularly inspect it to ensure it’s in good working order.
- Clean Appliances – Crumbs and grease in stoves, toasters and coffee makers can spark a fire. Regularly clean all appliances. If an appliance is acting strangely, call in professional help for maintenance or replace it with a new one.
- Unplug Small Appliances – Keep small appliances like toasters and coffee makers unplugged when not in use. That’s because some can remain powered even when you turn them off. It’s better to play it safe and keep them unplugged.
- Watch Your Cooking – The No. 1 cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. Don’t leave the kitchen or your home when cooking. Pay close attention to what you’re doing to reduce the risk of a fire.
- Avoid Using Metal in the Microwave – Cooking with metal in the microwave can cause sparks, which leads to fires. Read the instructions that came with your microwave before using.
- Keep Flammables Away From the Stove – Keep towels, papers and other flammables away from your stove. It will help to reduce the risk of a kitchen fire.
- Supervise Children – Some kids love to cook. If you have a young one that wants to make food, supervise them, especially when using any appliances such as the stove or the microwave.
Following these tips will help reduce the chances of kitchen fires in your home. To better protect your family, reach out to a home security expert like Hue & Cry, Inc.
At Hue & Cry, Inc., we specialize in fire detection and suppression systems that can help reduce the threat of fires. We offer affordable systems in California and Oregon. To find out more, call us at 1-800-762-3196.