Top Fire Prevention Month tips to keep your kitchen safe
October is Fire Prevention Month and the perfect time to make sure your kitchen is in tip top safety shape. For those who don’t know, Fire Prevention Month was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. In the wake of this tragedy, local firefighters and organizations across the country do everything from hosting expos and demonstrations to sharing literature about the best ways to prevent house fires and what to do in case of a fire. So in the spirit of safety, here are the top fire prevention month tips to keep your kitchen safe.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen and be sure to be mindful of the expiration date.
- Change your smoke detector batteries every six months
- If you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove and take your pots and pans off the heat.
- When cooking, wear short or close-fitted sleeves and keep your baggy shirts tucked in.
- If you use candles, be sure to extinguish candle flames as soon as you are done in the kitchen.
- If you have a stovetop fire, never use water to put it out. Put a proper fitting lid over the pot to smother it.
- Always move flammable items away from your stovetop. (i.e. appliance cords, kitchen towels, oven mitts)
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the leading cause of home structure fires with unattended candles being the next most common cause. We at Prescott Kitchens want you to be safe and advise you to implement and share these top Fire Prevention Month tips to keep your kitchen safe with friends and family as well. And as always, please stay safe!