7 Safety Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Firefighters battling blaze

Don’t walk away from your food on the stove.

Unattended cooking on a stove led to a kitchen fire in a Burke home on Wednesday causing nearly $120,000 worth of damage.

Our Fire and Rescue Department offers safety tips to prevent kitchen fires:

  1. Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  2. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  3. Wear short or tight fitting sleeves when cooking. Long loose sleeves are more likely to catch on fire or get caught on pot handles.
  4. Keep things that can catch fire such as dish towels, curtains, or paper, at least three feet away from the stove.
  5. Regularly clean your cooking equipment so that there are no cooking materials, food items or grease accumulation.
  6. Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.
  7. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Have the oven serviced before you use it again.

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