The kitchen is one of the most versatile rooms in your home.
It is the hub where families congregate for holidays, spend time cooking meals
together, and talk about daily life. It is where all of the prep work for an
exciting night of entertaining guests begins, where a new family recipe is
born, and where we spend hours deep in discussion with loved ones.
Because of all this activity and the fixtures and appliances
inside, the heart of the house can also be the most dangerous room in it. More than half of all
house fires start in the kitchen. Adapting safe cooking practices, acting
quickly during an actual emergency, and learning about general home fire safety
can help you to become better prepared and to keep your family safe in the
event that tragedy strikes.
vigilant! Do not cook if you are distracted or tired or if you have
leave the stove unattended while frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling
food that is simmering, baking, or roasting often, and use a timer to
- Keep flammable
items away from the stove top, including loose clothing, oven mitts,
kitchen towels, cooking utensils, and discarded food packaging.
at least three feet away from the stove and other areas where food is
to make sure items are microwave-safe.
appropriate ways to combat both grease
fires in the event that one should occur.
there’s a fire that you can’t handle, leave the area and close
doors behind you as you exit.
- Use an
plan to get yourself and other family members to safety.
911 or your local emergency number once outside and at your meeting area.
rescuers to any potential burns
inhalation that may have occurred.
go back into a burning building.