Fire can occur in any home and usually starts in the kitchen. The kitchen is a part of the house that is prone to fire risk. Kitchen fires can appear quickly — do you know what to do first in such a situation? Learn when to use a fire extinguisher, when to put out a fire, and when to call the fire department.
According to the available US government statistics, there are more than 150,000 kitchen fires in the United States every year, with hundreds of people killed and thousands more injured. Cooking fires cause up to 90 percent of kitchen fires, and most are oil fires. That scary statistic leads to one big question: Do you know what to do when a kitchen fire starts? Should you first reach for a fire extinguisher or for a telephone to call the fire department?
- Every time you cook, wear oven gloves, nappies, and covers that fit your pan; everything must be in hand and ready to use when needed.
- If fat burns in your cooking pan, quickly wear oven mitts, then place the lid on the pan to put out the fire. Try to slide the lid on the fire.
- Turn off the stove and leave the pan in place so it can cool.
- Never move the pan, never take it out or place it in the sink, and don't lift the lid until the pan cools down.
Oven, Microwave, and Electric Fire
Fires can occur anywhere in the kitchen, starting from the location near the electric socket, in the microwave, or on the stove. Here are some tips to help you know what to do if there is a kitchen fire.
Immediately close the oven door and turn it off. If the fire is not immediately extinguished, contact the fire department. Ask the oven to be checked and repaired before you use it again.
Close the microwave door. Turn off the microwave and pull the plug if you can do it safely. Leave it closed and do not use it again until you can have the equipment examined by a technician.
Prevent electrical fires by not overloading your electrical outlet with excessive equipment. If the fire starts to expand, use a fire extinguisher; never use it with water. Always contact the fire department for an electric fire, even if you have extinguished it with a fire extinguisher.
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