Kitchen fire safety in the GTA
A quick check of fire stats in the GTA shows us some clear facts: More fires begin in the kitchen than any other room in the home. It’s important to practice kitchen fire safety in the GTA.
Residential cooking is one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths. The majority of kitchen fires begin with cooking equipment. Number one on the list of fire sources are stoves, including (this surprised us) microwave ovens.
While the team at NuStone Transformations for Kitchens and Baths is here if you ever need us, we’d much prefer you’re doing a renovation because you WANT to, NOT because you’ve had a fire.
So, we took a little time to compile some Kitchen fire safety in the GTA tips for you.
“Distracted cooking” can be as dangerous as distracted driving!
It’s easy to get distracted while cooking.
It’s so easy to get distracted returning text messages, checking work emails or looking at youtube cooking videos.
Before you know it, the pot is boiling over, smoke is everywhere and you’ve burnt your meal. So staying near your appliances and keeping a close eye on everything is probably the easiest thing you can do when it comes to kitchen fire safety.
Never put out a grease fire (or oil-based fire) with water.Many people try to put out grease fires with water. It’s a common reflex – people see a fire and immediately try to douse it with water.But grease fires and water are a deadly combination. Here’s why:
- Always remember that oil and water don’t mix.
- Adding water to a grease fire pan or pot will cause it to instantly sink to the bottom.
- When it hits the bottom, it evaporates immediately
- As a result, oil-based flames will spread everywhere.Here’s what you SHOULD do to battle a grease fire:
- Turn off the burner.
- Cover the pot with something large enough (like another pot) to remove oxygen.
- If you can’t cover the pot, dump lots of baking soda in it.
- A smart idea is to purchase a chemical fire extinguisher (Class B Dry).
Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it!Stats Canada data shows that only about 66% of Canadian homes have a working fire extinguisher. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, head over to your local hardware store and pick one up.
But that’s not the end of it. You also need to learn how to properly use it in order to maximize your kitchen fire safety.
A simple method to remember is called PASS:
P: Pull the pin.
A: Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the handle.
S: Sweep from side-to-side at the base of the fire.
One last thing – if you have a fire extinguisher that’s a few years (or even a decade) old, you may want to replace it. Although fire extinguishers never really “expire”, they can lose their effectiveness over a prolonged period of time.
Be careful with candles.
A nice, candlelit dinner can be great. But keep in mind you’re literally “playing with fire.”
In order to enjoy your meal and be safe too, use wider, shorter candles on the table. They’re less likely to tip over. And if they do, they’re less likely to come into contact with other things (such as curtains). Finally, when you’re done, make sure to extinguish the flames.
Normally, our blogs are about renovation costs or countertops. But we figured kitchen fire safety was important enough to write about. Thanks for reading!
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