Information, facts, and tips about fire safety in the kitchen.
- Cooking is the 2nd leading cause of student residence fires
- Most cooking fires are caused by multitasking when cooking
- Between 2002-2005 cooking equipment was involved in 72% of student residence fires
- Make sure you use fire-resistant potholders and oven mitts when cooking
- Keep towels, dishrags, and curtains away from hot surfaces
- Beware of solvents and flammable cleaners in the kitchen. Brands like Nora Systems, Winsol, and Simple Green are non-flammable and may be safer. You can also make your own cleaning supplies with simple recipes like those found at ecocycle
- Keep surfaces clean of grease
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it, there is not enough time to find the instruction booklet or study the directions when there’s a fire.
- For more information on what type of fire extinguisher to buy and where to install the unit click here
- Do NOT heat liquids in the microwave for more than 2 minutes and stir before heating. After heating allow liquid to stand for 30 seconds before moving or putting anything into it.
- Turn pot handles inward so they can’t be bumped
- Do NOT disable smoke alarms or smoke detectors, even if the beeping sound is irritating
- Make the meal you are preparing the number 1 priority while in the kitchen
How to deal with a Kitchen Fire
- NEVER pour water onto a grease fire. Slide a pan lid over the flames to smother it, then turn off the heat and leave until pan cools. Use baking soda to extinguish all other types of food fires.
- In case of a cooking fire call the fire department immediately, calling 9-1-1 will give you emergency services
- Keep the oven door shut in case of a fire and turn off the heat