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Five Cooking Safety Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking is a part of daily life, but it is also the number one cause of house fires. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent a kitchen fire in your Chattanooga, TN home. Read on for a handful of tips to keep you safe.

1. Stay Present

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of all house fires. If you need to leave the room while cooking, turn off the burners or broiler and remove food from heat.

2. Keep a Fire Extinguisher

If a fire starts, a fire extinguisher is your best bet for quickly getting rid of the flames. It’s not enough to just own an extinguisher, however. Make sure you know how to use it.

3. Watch What You Wear

Flowy sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are at a higher risk of catching fire near an open flame. It’s better to wear form-fitting clothing with short sleeves or to make sure loose clothes are tied back with the help of an apron.

4. Never Pour Hot Grease in a Garbage Can

This is one of the most important safety tips as grease is one of the leading residential fire causes. Grease burns hot, so even if the grease is not on fire when you pour it into the can, it can quickly cause the garbage contained inside to light up. Always let grease cool completely and then pour it into an old jar or can for safe disposal.

5. Clear the Area

Before you even get started cooking, take a look around the area. Do you see any cleaning cloths, curtains, cords or oven mitts laying near the oven burners? Be sure to move them out of the way before turning on the stovetop.

Cooking-related fires might be the leading cause of home fires, but with these helpful tips, you can help avoid one in your Chattanooga, TN home. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastchattanooga.com/ for more information on fire damage. 

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