Fire is the most obvious risk in the kitchen. Most household fires begin in the kitchen before spreading to other sections of the house. The use of fats and oils significantly increase this risk. The presence of electrical appliances also creates the possibility for electrical fire and shock. Overloaded electrical outlets, overheated appliances and the co-existence of water and electricity can all contribute to accidents.
Here are some helpful tips for avoiding damage to self and property:
- Keep small children away from hot surfaces while cooking/baking.
- Always turn pan handles inward and out of the way of passers-by.
- Ensure pot holders, kitchen towels and hot pads are within easy reach. DO NOT use damp towels to hold a hot pot.
- Frying food containing water will cause oil to splatter. Be sure to step back from the stove.
- Steam can cause serious burns, lift lid and allow steam to blow off before looking into pot.
- Take ingredients, utensils or dishes to pots containing boiling water or oil, not the other way around.
- Ensure that cloth and other combustible materials are not left near cooking areas, like burners, grills, ovens or toasters.
- Avoid plugging several items into one outlet.
- Unplug appliances when not in use and keep cords away from the stove, water and sink.
- Never unplug appliances by pulling on the electrical cords or using wet hands.
- Keep electrical appliances close to the electrical outlet and away from water sources.
- Turn hot plates off when not in use.
- Do not place a stove under windows where curtains are hanging.