Fireproof Your Kitchen

By: Advocate Brokerage

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 and Burglar 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.

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