It’s National Fire Prevention Week! Did you know that the majority of home fires start in the kitchen? The most obvious way to prevent a cooking-related fire is to stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on your food while cooking. There are some other easy fixes (that might not be quite as obvious) that you should do to prevent a dangerous fire in your home.
Be sure that you have the proper outlets installed per the building code in your area. These requirements vary by area and appliance. You can find these specifications by calling your local government.
Make sure that cooking areas, including on top of the stove and oven, are free from towels, potholders, cooking oil or food packaging – these items can catch fire. It’s good practice to clean these areas often, as messes can also lead to fires.
Make sure your cooking vents are cleaned per your manufacturer’s directions. You can usually find these directly on the manufacturer’s website.
Properly plug in kitchen appliances. If they’re not in use, it’s just a good idea to unplug them and put them away.
If you do keep matches in the kitchen, keep them out of reach of curious little hands.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure it’s charged and ready for use.
Finally, make sure you have a smoke alarm installed in the kitchen and in every bedroom. Replace the batteries and check them every month.
Need to get your home back to normal after a fire? Call the disaster restoration specialists at ServiceMaster of Tacoma at 800-339-5720.