Every homeowner cringes at the thought of intruders breaking into their home and stealing their possessions. Horrific though the thought may be, it does not hold a candle to angry flames that devour everything. Fires do not discriminate in their destruction. So it is only prudent that everyone plays a part in preventing them.
The most common place for a fire to start is the kitchen, where the stove and several appliances are located. But this doesn’t mean you have to remove your kitchen and eat out all the time. Here are five things you can do to prevent kitchen fire:
Place Fire Extinguishers inside the Kitchen
Fire extinguishers, according to fire prevention experts FireFoeUS.com, are the most practical safety measure in case of emergency as they don’t require expertise to operate. The kitchen is prone to fires, so place your extinguisher where you can reach it easily for immediate action.
Keep Flammable Things Away from the Stove
Gas and your stove could start a fire, but they won’t ignite unless flame is introduced. What could make the fire go out of control are items and materials that could easily catch fire. Place things such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, boxes, and other flammables in a drawer or cabinet away from the stove. Never hang curtains above or near the area where you cook.
Don’t Leave Cooking Unattended
Most kitchen fires happen because of negligence. It only takes a few seconds for fires to build up, so make sure you have an eye on your pots while you’re cooking or heating something up. See to it that the handles of the pot are not facing the edge of the stove where someone could bump against them; check the food inside the oven regularly.
Keep the Kitchen Clean
Always wipe away food crumbs and scraps around the stove to prevent pieces of leftover food from catching fire when you turn on the stove. Wipe away the grease regularly too.
Maintain Your Appliances
According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), data show that 69,000 fires associated with appliances were reported from 2002 to 2009. Always keep your power cables in check. If you notice loose wires or rat bites, replace them immediately to avoid short circuits. Unplug the appliances you rarely use. Check your sockets for burn marks; burns and sparks usually ignite.
The kitchen and all electrical appliances need proper attention as they may cause loss of property and lives. See to it that you check and implement safety measures, and have the essential equipment to fight fire.