Health Tip: Preventing a Kitchen Fire
A kitchen fire can flare at a moment's notice -- as soon as you turn your back on your broiling or baking dinner.
The fireSafety.gov Web site offers these suggestions for preventing a cooking fire:
- Never leave your kitchen while food is cooking. Always keep a watchful eye.
- Don't cook while wearing loose clothing. Choose short or tight sleeves to keep them from an open flame.
- Don't allow young children around the stove or oven.
- Keep your kitchen and stove clean and free of build-up that can ignite.
- Keep flammable items such as towels, pot holders and curtains from an open flame or heat.
- Turn the handles of your pan to the inside to prevent accidentally knocking a handle and causing a spill.
Health Tip: Install Smoke Alarms at Home
Smoke alarms are an inexpensive, yet vital, way to alert you and your family in the event of a fire.
The Home Safety Council offers these guidelines to help you install smoke alarms:
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, even in the basement.
- Install a smoke alarm inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.
- Affix smoke alarms in the middle of the ceiling or high up on the wall, a few inches away from the ceiling.
- Don't install smoke alarms close to doors or windows, where drafts could hamper their performance. Also, avoid putting them in bathrooms, where steam could set them off, or in the kitchen, where cooking odors could set off "nuisance" alarms.
- Test smoke alarms frequently, and replace the batteries once a year.