Cooking is the leading cause of apartment fires and the second most frequent cause of single-family residential fires and fire injuries. Following these safety precautions may help keep you and your family safe in the kitchen.
- Select a stove having control knobs to the side or front of the burners.
- Avoid storing items above the stove.
- Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Turn off the stove burner before removing the pot or pan.
- Use a pot holder, NOT a towel to lift hot items from the stove and oven.
- Beware of scalding steam when draining foods.
- DO NOT use your oven or stove top to heat your kitchen.
- Keep small children out of the kitchen cooking area.
- Keep hot cookware out of children's reach.
- Do not use a tablecloth when small children are present.
- Do not leave matches or lighters where children can reach them.
Living Room Safety
Smoking: Careless smoking is the leading cause of residential fires and residential fire deaths. Following these safety precautions may help keep you and your family safe in the kitchen.
- Always check furniture for fallen cigarette butts.
- Wet ashtray contents before disposing of them.
- Put lighters and matches out of reach of children.
- Teach children to give any matches or lighters they find to adults.
- Never spray aerosols while smoking.
- Prohibit or discourage smoking in your home.
Home Heating: Home heating is the third leading cause of residential fire deaths.
Fireplace/Wood Burning Stoves:
- Make sure that the area around the fireplace is free of combustible materials.
- Burn only small loads of wood.
- Follow instructions when using artificial logs.
- Use a metal fireplace screen or tempered glass door enclosure.
- Be sure the fire is out before going to bed or leaving the home.
- Never close the damper completely before the fire is out or while ashes are still hot.
- Empty ashes regularly into a covered metal container outside.
- Have the chimney checked/cleaned regularly at the beginning of every burning season.
- Never burn newspapers or gift wrappings in the fireplace.
- Avoid burning green wood.
- Make sure that the top of your chimney is covered with a spark arrestor.
- Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet away from people and combustibles.
- Unplug space heaters after use or when leaving the room.
- With fuel-burning space heaters:
- use the correct fuel (never gasoline)
- don't overfill
- never fill while heater is hot or burning
- provide adequate ventilation
- Never spray aerosols near a space heater.
- Install smoke detectors between sleeping areas and other parts of the home.
- Plan two fire exits from each bedroom.
- Ensure that no one smokes in bed.
- Don't overload outlets.
- Keep combustible items away from light bulbs and space heaters.
- Don't leave electric rollers or curling irons unattended.
- Store gas and other flammables outside your home.
- Store oily, greasy rags in sealed and labeled metal containers.
- Never use an open flame after spilling flammable fluid on your hands or clothing.
- Keep the area around the furnace and hot water heater free of clutter.
- If a fuse or breaker blows, find the cause.
- Clean lint from the dryer before each load.
- Before starting your lawnmower, be sure that it is clear of gas fumes.
- Never use a charcoal grill inside the home.
- Use only barbecue starter to light a charcoal fire. NEVER gas.
- Set grills away from buildings, fences and combustible items.