Kitchen Safety

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Kitchen Safety

Just the facts:

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)…

  • On average, there are 91,700 reported home fires each year associated with cooking equipment, killing 327 people and injuring 4,607.

  • Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

  • Three in every ten reported home fires start in the kitchen – that’s more than any other place in the home.

Cooking Safety Tips

Grease Fires:

Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mutt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don’t remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.

Oven Fires:

Turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.

Microwave Fires:

Keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Call the fire department and make sure to have the microwave serviced before you use it again. Food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lid or other coverings from microwaved foods carefully to prevent steam burns.

Prevent Accidental


Turn Exhaust Fan ON Before Using Oven or Stove

Heating Safety
Just the facts:

According to the NFPA

  • On average, there are 59,100 reported home fires per year associated with heating equipment, killing 468 people and injuring 1,592.

  • Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires. During the months of December, January, and February, heating is the leading cause of home fires.

  • Most heating fires involve space heaters, not central furnaces.

  • Installing space heaters too close to combustibles (or placing combustibles too close to them) are major causes of space heater fires.

Safety Advice:

  • Space heaters need space. Space heaters should be at least three feet (one meter) away from walls, furniture, and anything that can burn, including people and pets.

  • Always use the proper fuel in a heater. For example, never use gasoline as a fuel in a heater designed for kerosene or oil.

  • Portable space heaters should be turned off every time you leave the room or go to sleep.


According to the NFPA

  • In the United States and Canada, a home fire is reported to a fire department roughly every 75 seconds. Fires kill 350 people and injure more than 1,300.

  • Eighty percent of all U.S fire deaths occur in the home.

  • Someone is killed in a home fire in the United States and Canada roughly every three hours.

  • Smoke alarms are the most effective early warning device available. Having a smoke alarm in your home cuts your chance of dying in a fire nearly in half!

Safety Advice:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and in or near all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month and batteries replaced once a year or when the alarm beeps, warning that the battery is low.

  • Every household should develop and practice a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.

Electrical Safety

Just the facts:

According to the NFPA

  • On average, there are 36,400 home fires per year associated with wiring, switches, outlets, cords and plugs, fuse and circuit breaker boxes, and other equipment involved in distributing electricity around the home. These electrical service equipment fires annually kill 352 people and injure 1,343 annually.

  • Fixed wiring causes 1/3 of home electrical distribution fires.

  • Cords and plugs cause 1/6 of home electrical distribution fires and 1/3 of related deaths. In many cases, people can easily check and fix them, if necessary, without a licensed electrician.

  • Each year, electrical shock (not resulting in a fire) causes hundreds of burn deaths and thousands of burn injuries.

  • Nearly 2/3 of electrical burn injuries among children ages 12 and under, are associated with household electrical cords and extension cords.

Electrical Safety Tips:
GFCIs: (ground fault circuit interrupters) can reduce the risk of shock by shutting off faulty electrical circuits and equipment faster than conventional fuses or circuit breakers can. GFCIs are inexpensive; professional electricians can hard-wire them into your home electrical systems.

Push Back: In the kitchen, push back cords for countertop appliances to keep young children from pulling them off the counter.

Safety Advice:

  • Replace or repair any electrical device with a loose or frayed cord.

  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.

  • In homes with small children, electrical outlets should have plastic safety covers

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet. Most receptacle outlets contain two receptacles. As an added precaution, consider plugging only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet,

  • Avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle outlet.

  • Place lamps on level surfaces away from things that can burn.

  • Use bulbs that match the lamps recommended wattage.

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