Home Cooking Safety Tips
Did you know that cooking accounts for roughly 47% of home fires annually? Further, ranges and cooktops are the main culprits in 62% of these home fires and lots of them can be prevented if people were just a little more cautious in the kitchen. As you prepare the feasts this holiday season, keep these kitchen safety tips top-of-mind.
Keep Flammable Items Away From Heat
There are more flammable items in the kitchen than you can probably think of and it’s vital to keep all of them away from heat sources. Think dishcloths, kitchen towels, clothing, mail and stationery items, etc. It may sound like common sense but you’d be surprised at how often these types of items come in contact with the stove, oven or toaster and quickly go up in flames.
Not using the toaster oven or coffee machine? Unplug them while they’re not in use. This will not only eliminate the risk of you accidentally leaving them on (and causing unnecessary heat), it will help you save on energy bills, too!
Keep The Kitchen Clean
It’s always important to keep the kitchen clean, but it’s even more vital when you’re cooking. One key way to prevent fires is by keeping the oven and stove top free of dust, grease and crumbs. All of these items can catch fire in a matter of seconds.
Never Do Any Of The Following
- Exit the kitchen while food is cooking.
- Cook while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if you’re tired or taking medications that could make you drowsy.
- Tamper with smoke alarms in or near the kitchen (this includes disabling them, removing batteries or unplugging them).
- Use kitchen appliances to heat your home.
Electrical Repair & Installation in Center City
In need of electrical repair, appliance wiring or outlet replacement in your kitchen to get you through the holiday season safely? You’ve come to the right place. Give the friendly neighborhood home experts at GEN3 Electric & HVAC a call today: 215-512-4102.