By Jonathan Kurdell and Diana T. Torres
A kitchen fire usually starts with a splatter of grease, over-cooked food, or a cloth left too close to the flames. A fire extinguisher ready for use in the kitchen can prevent this type of fire. Unfortunately, many people don’t have fire extinguishers installed in their homes.
Kitchen fires are the most common home fires and can cause serious injuries. Prevention begins with a plan and a few rules for family members to follow.
A Few Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Roughly every three hours someone in America is killed due to fire and every 30 minutes someone is injured.
- Burns can lead to skin loss and require disfiguring grafts.
- 85% of fire deaths occur in homes
- Cooking is the most common cause of home fires.
What Not to Do
- Do NOT pour water on fires started by grease or oil
- Never leave food on the stove unattended
- Do NOT place cloth or flammable objects near stove tops (napkins, towels, etc.)
- When cooking avoid wearing loose, long sleeves
Just remember P.A.S.S.
Pull out the pin.
Aim at the burning material, not at the rising flames.
Squeeze the trigger and hold it down as long as you need to keep spraying.
Sweep from one side to the other until you’ve doused all of the fire’s fuel.
The kitchen is the most important place to put a fire extinguisher. But since a fire can start anywhere and seconds can be crucial, you should have one on every floor. They should be in plain sight. And everyone in the household should know where they are and how to use them. Check the label to make sure that each one is up to date and have them inspected annually.
Always check with your local fire department to obtain the correct information about home fire safety and fire extinguishers.