Tips for Fire Safety in the Kitchen

August 7th, 2019

A fire can happen in the home at any time and in any room of the home. However, most home fires occur in the kitchen. When this happens, the damage resulting from the fire can be significant because this kind of fire can quickly get out of control. 

So, instead of waiting around for this to happen in your Houston home, we are here today with a few helpful tips for you to remember while you work in your kitchen to protect your family.

Be Cautious with Grease

Grease can catch fire very quickly and very easily in the kitchen. However, if you know how to deal with a grease fire, then you can also put it out very quickly. But if you don't know how to handle a grease fire, it can get out of control. 

If you start a small grease fire, the first thing you need to do is cut off the heat source as long as you can safely reach to do so. You should then place a lid over the small fire to snuff it out. When fire doesn't have oxygen, it is out of commission. 

You don't want to move the pan either because doing so can actually cause the grease fire to spread. Leave it where it is.

Keep a Watchful Eye

When you are cooking on the stove, you want to stay as close to the heat source as possible. You never want to leave it unattended even for a few minutes. If you see the flame, you can quickly stop it. 

However, if you aren't around to see a fire starting, it can get out of control by the time you notice. If you need to leave the kitchen, then you should turn off the heat source you are using.

Always Be Alert

When cooking, you need to always stay alert. If you aren't alert and watching, then mistakes can happen, and you may have a fire.

Keep Everything Clean

You also want to make sure that your Houston workplace remains clean and free of clutter. For example, there should be no dish towels or other items near the heat source because they can quickly catch on fire. If something is flammable, you need to keep it a safe distance away. 

Check Your Smoke Detectors

When is the last time you checked your smoke detectors? You want to change out the batteries regularly and make sure that these devices remain in working order. The smoke detectors warn you when things are getting out of control and when the smoke gets too thick.

Always Be Prepared

Finally, you always want to be prepared. If there is a fire, you want to make sure you have the right tools on hand to help contain the fire and stop it from spreading. Wear an oven mitt, keep a lid nearby, and have a small fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen at all times. 

For more information and other ways you can protect yourself from a fire in your home, you can consult with a qualified and reputable security company in Houston, TX.

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