Kitchen Fires: Risky Business
Don't perspire, prevent a kitchen fire!
There are a few causes for these serious situations!
- Grease can splatter into fire.
- Electrical cords can have exposed wires that cross and catch fire.
- Electrical outlets or appliances can malfunction.
- Foods can burn and catch fire.
- Foods can drip or spill onto a heat source without your knowledge, if it overheats it can catch fire.
You can prevent most fires!
- Make sure you don't have any exposed wires in your kitchen.
- Repair with electrical tape or dispose of any appliances with exposed wires.
- Watch food carefully and follow cook times given in recipes. Make sure food doesn't spill or burn.
What should I do if there is a fire?
- Shut off any heat source involved if possible.
- If it is a small fire, you can use a fire extinguisher, baking soda, or salt to put it out.
- NEVER use water on a kitchen fire. If there is any grease involved, the water can splash the grease and cause it to and land on you.
- If the fire is in a pot/pan put the lid on it. This will put the fire out.
- Closing the door of a microwave, stove, or other heat source will also cause a fire to go out in most cases.
- If a fire is large, evacuate the building and call the local emergency number.
- If you are on fire, stop, drop, and roll.