Fireproof Your Kitchen
By: Denise Koslowsky
October is fire prevention month and this year’s focus is fire safety in the kitchen.
According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injury.
So it’s important that you take steps to protect your family from a kitchen fire.
To Fireproof Your Kitchen Please Consider:
- Never leave the kitchen if you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Turn the burners off if you need to leave, even if it is just for a little while.
- If you are baking, roasting or simmering food, do not leave the house and return to the kitchen to check on your food regularly. Set a timer to remind you to return to the kitchen!
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, know where it is located and make sure you know how to use it!
- Don’t cook if you are drowsy or drunk. Pick up the phone and order out instead!
- Keep towels, food wrappers, oven mitts, wooden spoons and other items that can catch fire away from the stove top.
- Pay attention to what you are wearing when you cook. Loose clothing, scarves or long sleeves can catch fire.
- Keep a lid close by so that if a small grease fire starts you can quickly put it out by putting the lid over the pan and turning off the burner.
- If a fire occurs in your oven or microwave, turn off the heat, keep the door closed and be sure to have the appliance serviced before you use it again!
- Keep the cords of small appliances away from the stove and counter’s edge.
House fires, no matter where they occur are a tragedy and we want to do all we can to help you protect yourself and your family. We recommend that all homes have Central Station Fire alarms installed. Relying on a smoke detector does not offer enough protection. We cannot state strongly enough that the most important precaution you can take to prevent a fire at home is to have a Central Station Fire Alarm installed! If you need any help, get in touch with us at 914-723-7100. We would be happy to take some time to answer any questions you may have.