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How to Fire-Proof your Kitchen 

Did you know that half of all house fires start in the kitchen? By far, the number one cause of those fires is cooking! Every day, people make small mistakes while in their kitchen that end up causing huge problems.   

With the risk of house fires being so high, it’s important to be educated on simple ways to fire-proof your kitchen. The best way to handle a fire is to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. Implementing these quick tips could be the difference between your house burning down and remaining free from harm.

Keep a fire extinguisher or fire blanket in the pantry

Fire extinguishers aren’t just for commercial buildings. They’re vital for the safety of your home as well! Fires can start in an instant, especially in the kitchen. Having a fire extinguisher on hand will dramatically reduce the risk of a fire spreading. However, a fire extinguisher will do you no good if you don’t know how to use it. 
Did you know that there are different types of fire extinguishers meant for extinguishing different things? 

Each fire extinguisher has a letter that shows what materials it’s meant to dispel. For your kitchen, buy a class K extinguisher. This extinguisher is specifically meant for putting out fires from vegetable or animal oils and fats.  Also, be sure to watch this video on how to correctly use a fire distinguisher by CQ Fire and Safety 

Fire blankets are another great option to keep near your kitchen.  Fire blankets are easy for anyone to use, are mess free and work very fast. We like this blanket from Prepared Hero

Keep your oven and stovetop grease free

You know those little oil spills that collect on your stove top over time? Those could result in some not-so-little damage! Oil is extremely flammable, so any melted butter, spilled olive oil, or bacon grease could light up very easily.  

The best practice is to deep clean your oven and stove top bi-weekly.  This will prevent any buildup of flammable oil and lessen the risk of an oil fire.  You can clean up smaller oil spills with standard spray cleaner and some paper towels. 

However, larger spills will require a different approach. Sprinkle the oil spill with salt, baking soda or flour and let it sit for a minute. Then wipe it up. This will give the oil something to cling onto, which will make it easier to clean. 

Of course, if an oil fire does break out, it’s important to know how to put them out. Oil fires cannot be put out by water because oil and water molecules don’t mix. So pouring water over the burning oil will only spread the fire. As mentioned above, we recommend keeping a fire blanket in your kitchen. These blankets can suffocate the fire without having to use any water.

Throw away old appliances

We can’t be the only ones who have been permanently scarred by the crock pot starting the house fire in the This is Us season 3 finale.  Every year, thousands of house fires are started with old appliances. Old appliances, over time, erode and break down which can lead to exposed wires. These exposed wires are a huge fire risk when they conduct electricity! 

Remember to inspect the wires of your crockpots, air fryers, toasters, and microwaves, for any frayed edges or exposed wires. Doing this will ensure that you won’t have any sudden accidents while appliances are unattended. 

Takeaways: 

Taking small steps to fire-proof your kitchen could be the difference between your house burning down or remaining safe and calm. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher or fire blanket nearby your kitchen for emergencies. Also, remember to clean up all traces of cooking oil in the stove and oven areas and throw away any old appliances.  We wish you and your home peace and safety! 

 

 

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