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3 Tips for Eliminating Fire Hazards in Your Kitchen

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fires Damage Statistics

Your kitchen is where you gather with your family and friends to bond at the end of the day. However, according to the American Red Cross, it’s also the space in your home that’s the most likely to see a house fire start. Every year, national fire departments report

• An average of 162,400 house fires resulting from improper cooking practices
• $1.1 billion in property damage from kitchen fires
• 430 residential fire deaths from fires started in the kitchen

By cooking smart and following a few key tips in the kitchen, you can prevent your home from becoming one of those in Weymouth, IL, affected by a grease fire this year.

1. Don’t Leave Cooking Unsupervised

One of the most crucial tips for avoiding fire damage in your kitchen is to never leave food on the stove if you’re not around to keep an eye on it. Whether you’re leaving the room for a few minutes or you’re heading out for errands, turn off the heat and remove your food from the stove.

2. Use a Timer

If you’ve got something that needs to be cooked on the stove over a long period of time, set a timer to remind yourself to check on your food regularly. Fortunately, with modern conveniences like smart phones around every corner, setting numerous alarms is a simple task and one that can save you a huge amount of hassle in the future.

3. Keep a Fire Extinguisher on Hand

If a fire does happen to spring up, you want a fire extinguisher in the kitchen to deal with the problem immediately. Having one of these appliances on hand means you can mitigate fire damage from the beginning, so working with fire cleaning professionals is a less lengthy process later on.

Don't let fear of fire keep you from cooking. These are all simple tips any homeowner can follow to make their kitchen more fire-safe all around.

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