Tips for Cooking Safety to Prevent Fires in Your Fishkill Home
You have likely heard that cooking is a leading cause of household fires, but did you know it is responsible for nearly 50% of them per year?
Though cooking is something many of us do in some capacity for every meal in our Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Beacon and Hopewell Junction homes, that everyday occurrence can lead to relaxed safety measures that put you and your family in danger.
Thankfully, when it comes to fires in the kitchen, many can be prevented. If you practice a bit of safety every time you cook, you can significantly reduce your chances of experiencing a kitchen fire of your own.
Here are some helpful safety tips to get you started:
-Stay alert and attentive. Unattended cooking equipment can be extremely dangerous, as it can catch fire and quickly turn to a disaster if no one is in the room to catch it early. You should always remain in the room while the stove, oven or other appliance is on, and it is recommended to completely avoid cooking if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
-Keep clutter away from appliances. While pot holders, wooden cooking utensils and dish towels are an integral part of being in the kitchen, they are also quite flammable. Make sure these things are always placed a safe distance from the stove top to avoid having them accidentally catch fire while you are attending to your food.
-Create a safety buffer around your stove. Just as when you grill, it is a good idea to create a safe zone around your stove, too. This should be a 3-feet area that stays free of children and pets in order to prevent burns and spills that could become fires.
-Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While you should only use a fire extinguisher if it is completely safe to do so, having one handy can prevent a small accident from turning into a major disaster.
Make sure your fire extinguisher is classified to extinguish grease fires, as these are quite common in the kitchen and should never be doused with water.