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Fire Damage in Salem Kitchen

Fire damage in Salem kitchen.

Kitchen Fire Safety 101

Tips on Kitchen Fire Safety
Extra care should be taken when working in the kitchen in order to avoid the onset of a fire. Here are some safety tips:

  • Wear appropriate clothing, and avoid the long, flowing sleeves and open, loose-fitting shirts that can easily come in contact with hot burners.
  • Wear your long hair up and do not leave any strands hanging.
  • Never take your eyes off hot oil because it can ignite in an instant. If it catches fire, immediately place a cover on the pan.
  • Always unplug electrical cords from all ancillary appliances. A plug can ignite even though the equipment is turned off. Any power surge or unforeseen problem with electricity can cause a fire.
  • Do not use electrical appliances near water and keep cords away from all heat sources.
  • Turn pot handles inward on the hot stove so as to avoid bumping into them accidentally and spilling their contents.
  • Do not place potholders, boxes, towels, cutting boards, or plastic utensils and containers near cooking areas.
  • Keep the kitchen work area clean, free from grease and burnt food. If you have a self-cleaning oven, remove large debris before turning it on.
  • Keep a box of baking soda on the kitchen counter while cooking as it can quickly put out a small kitchen fire if it is caught at its onset.
  • Make sure all appliances are in good working condition. At the first sign of a problem, have it fixed or get rid of it.