Home Hazards: Kitchen

A fire safe kitchen is easy to prepare, as long as you know the right ingredients.

  1. Limit distractions such as a computer, TV or phone.
  2. Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher in a place where it is easy to access.
  3. Be sure you are properly trained to use your fire extinguisher.
  4. Never leave anything on the stove or under the broiler unattended.
  5. Keep any flammables such as dishtowels and plastic/paper food packaging well away from the stove.
  6. Maintain a three-foot kid-free and pet-free zone around the stove.
  7. Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while you are cooking.
  8. Pay close attention while frying or grilling.
  9. Ensure oven mitts or potholders are dry. If wet, they won't protect you from the heat.
  10. Smother oven or microwave fires by turning off the appliance and keeping the door closed.
  11. Never attempt to fight a fire that spreads quickly or won't go out. Close the door, leave your house and call the fire department from outside.

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