As we enter into the holiday season, decorations are going up, costumes are being bought, and of course, the baking of the various pumpkin goodies. Some may be old family recipes that you have mastered and some might be new and experimental which can sometimes lead to the last thing that any amateur baker, or even a professional baker for that matter, wants to experience; a kitchen fire. All types of home fires are extremely dangerous, but most are preventable, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Kitchen fires account for roughly 40% of all home fires, and 36% of all fire-related injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. So in order to stay safe, follow these easy safety tips, courtesy of the NFPA.
Always be alert. The holidays are a fun time where people are going to want to let loose a little bit and celebrate, but your drunken, yet genius, idea to cook up some more jello shots or see what will happen to your cell phone if you put it in the oven is never a good idea. Even if you are just coming home from a late night out or a long work shift, make sure you are awake enough to keep an eye on what you are cooking. If you’re too tired or tipsy, do not use the stove or oven.
Never leave the kitchen — even for a short time — when food is frying, grilling, or broiling and don’t leave the house if food is simmering, baking, or roasting. No matter how “fast” you think you might be or how much you think you have it under control, leaving food cooking without watching it is a recipe for disaster. It is always better safe than sorry.
Don’t trust yourself to remember just how long food has been cooking, set a timer to remind you when to do the next step or if the food is done. The last thing you want is to get carried away in anything else that your mind may be wandering to that will make you forget about the food. Overcooked food leads to burned food, and burned food leads to fires.
Clear away from stovetops anything that can catch fire, like cloth and paper towels, oven mitts, and wooden spoons.
If the unthinkable does happen, make sure to stay calm and stay safe. Follow these steps in the case of a kitchen fire
Get out of the kitchen. Close the door behind you when you leave to help prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of your house.
When you reach safety, call 911 or your local emergency number.
If the fire is small use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. If the fire is too large for you to handle make sure you put your safety first!
After your local authorities put out the house fire contact a professional restoration company like M.A. Restoration. The longer you wait to have a professional clean and repair and fire damaged areas the bigger the loss and damages will be. Don’t hesitate to call M.A. Restoration if you have any questions or concerns regarding fire safety or fire damage repair services in Westborough.