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5 Do’s & Don'ts to Prevent House Fires When Cooking

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May 28, 2013, 10:26 AM
5 Do’s & Don'ts to Prevent House Fires When Cooking
This particular post is designed to provide prevented DIY measures to avoid a restoration project in the kitchen.

Two out of every five reported home fires in the United States are caused by cooking. The National Fire Protection Association conducted a study and reported that “during the five-year period of 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 157,300 home structure fires in which cooking equipment was involved in the ignition.”

Although these numbers are unbelievable, statistics show that residential house fires caused by cooking are steadily increasing. This trend is extremely unfortunate and can have devastating effects. A quick review of safety policies can decrease these staggering statistics and prevent your home from experiencing extreme fire damage, like the destruction shown in this photo below.

1. Don’t leave the house unattended when cooking equipment is in use.

Yes, we all love meals slow cooked in a crockpot, but according to the NFPA findings, an increasing number of people are beginning a dinner and ending the night without a home.

Instead of leaving a crockpot on low heat while you’re at work, schedule those strenuous cooking recipes for the weekend when you can be home to address any issue that might come up during the process.

2. Do examine the ingredient list.

By double checking your fridge and shelves you can prevent the issue of having to race to the nearest grocery store for a necessary item.

If you find yourself needing one more egg or tarragon in the middle of preparing a hot dish, refuse the urge to run to the grocery store. Call a friend or family member to pick up the needed supply on their way home. As a final option, turn off the stove or oven and visit the store to grab the item.

3. Do wear appropriate clothing.

Recipe ingredients ensure you're prepared for a meal and in similar fashion, proper attire can provide an extra layer of protection during the cooking process.

For example, wearing an apron covers your body and clothes from spills and hot grease. Essentially, appropriate cooking clothing can avoid contamination and the spread of pathogens, while keeping your body safe. Furthermore, be sure not to wear shirts with baggy sleeves, such as a hoodie. Loose clothing can easily catch on fire by lightly touching a hot burner, resulting in bodily harm and possible death. Oven mitts should be worn when using hot cooking equipment. Working with bare hands can lead to accidental burns and could cause catastrophic fire damage in the kitchen.

4. Don’t use water to put out a grease fire.

Out of instant reaction, people might believe that pouring water over a grease fire will extinguish the flames. However, this detrimental solution can cause a larger, uncontrollable flame, which often results in the need to find contractors to perform fire damage restoration on the home after the firefighters have controlled the scene.

If the pan or pot of oil catches on fire, immediately turn off the stove, but don’t remove the equipment. Removing the cooking equipment might splash the burning oil. Think quick and place a metal lid over the flame because fire can’t continue to grow without oxygen. Large amounts of baking soda can put out a fire, as well. Remember to have a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher available in your home. When used, the fire extinguisher will leave a mess in your kitchen, but its better than the alternative of having a destructed home.

Keep these tips in mind tonight as you cook a delicious dish for your family or friends. Each step could prevent fire damage in your home.

To find out more about the NFPA study follow the link below.

NFPA Study

May 28, 2013, 12:36 PM
no #5.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
May 28, 2013, 01:55 PM
Apparently, it's not only a new economy, it's a new accounting system also.