The Kitchen Convergence
The kitchen is the center of most activity in our homes. Many times we gather here for meals, in many homes people gather in the kitchen more than they do the dining room. It is the place in the house where we are bound to cross paths with one another, on our way out, on our way in, stopping for a snack or just stopping for a chat. It is also where the largest percentage of household fires start.
According to the US Fire administration website there are some statistics worth sharing:
- Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires
- Two thirds of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials
- Ranges accounted for the largest share (58%) of home kitchen fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%
Prevention and Protection
Most kitchen fires are caused by cooking equipment and cooking mishaps. No matter how up to date your equipment is, accidents still happen. Taking precautions is one of the best things we can do as well as being prepared in the event that a kitchen fire breaks out.
There are a few things we can do to help prevent kitchen fires as well as minimize damage if one occurs:
– Turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen at any point, eating a little late is better than dealing with a fire
– Keep flammable objects away from heat sources
– Keep cooking surfaces and oven clean to avoid anything catching fire
– Have a fire extinguisher handy to quickly put out any flare ups…
Protect yourself, protect others and protect your home.