According to the National Fire Protection Association:
During 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 150,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an annual average of 500 civilian deaths, 4,660 civilian injuries, and $756 million in direct property damage.
It’s really a serious threat to your home. WHDH 7News Boston recently covered a story about a man in Oregon who got locked in his bathroom during a grease fire. Courtesy of 7News.
Watch this video of a clip that recently aired on the Today Show which walks you through some important tenets of kitchen safety. Watch now!
Summary of Video Tips:
1. Dish towels and paper towels are fire hazards on your stove, especially when placed next to a burner.
2. Never use water to put out a grease fire! Use a fire extinguisher. If you don’t have one, and if it’s a small fire, use the lid of a pot to keep it under control.
3. To avoid a grease fire, pat down your meats with paper towels or dish cloths to absorb its natural oils. If you do not do this, the moisture from the meat will react to the oil in your pan, causing grease to spurt in different directions. This puts you at risk of causing a fire.
4. When you’re deep-frying, make sure to never fill the pot more than 1/3 full with oil.
5. If something in your oven is on fire, keep the oven door closed because that will deprive the fire of oxygen. Then, when safe, you should turn off the stove. By eliminating the source of heat, the fire should disappear.
6. If your toaster or microwave sparks, pull the plug to avoid a fire.
7. Have a small fire extinguisher in your kitchen so it is handy in this situation – away from the heat source. Watch the video above if you are unsure how to operate the extinguisher.
8. When in doubt, call 911 for assistance.