In a couple weeks, several safety agencies from around the nation will observe something known as Fire Prevention Week. This year, the efforts of those agencies will revolve largely around how to reduce the threat of kitchen fires, which the National Fire Protection Association says are responsible for more home fire injuries than any other type of blaze. Ahead of the event, a series of tips have been released by the fire department of Oreland, Pennsylvania.
Citizens should first realize the importance of supervision. When cooking, it’s tempting to leave things be to take a quick bathroom break or simply check up on something else. But this can be hazardous, especially in a household with pets or children. Any time you’re using a stovetop, you should remain nearby, and if you absolutely must leave the room, make sure to turn off the burners.
When it comes to the interior of the oven, you must also be cautious. If you’re roasting something for hours and hours, then obviously you’ll need to leave the kitchen at some point. That said, you should know where your kids are so they don’t go near the food, and you should check that food on a regular basis. Use a timer to remind yourself of the need to check up on the food, and don’t leave the home unless you turn off the oven.
Finally, keep flammable materials away from the stove, and use the back burners if children are near. The handles should be pointed toward the wall so a child can’t reach up and grab them.