Everyday Fire Safety

Source: National Fire Prevention Association


Here are some everyday fire prevention tips to keep you and your family safe all year round:

 Cooking/ Kitchen Safety:

–         Always stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you have to leave, turn off the stovetop.

–         No matter what you’re cooking, check the food regularly to avoid burning.

–         Wear short, close fitting clothing. Loose clothing catches fire more easily.

–         Never use water to extinguish a cooking fire. The combination between hot oil and water causes a huge, extremely dangerous reaction.

–         If oil starts to boil, remove it from the heat. Turing off the burner will not lower the temperature quickly enough.

–         Be careful not to overfill pots with oil, it could overflow and easily catch fire.

–         Keep towels, bags, plastic and food packaging away from flame and heat.


–         Do not leave a burning candle unattended.

–         Do not leave a candle near anything that could catch fire.

–         Always use appropriate candle holders and place it on a stable, heat resistant surface.

–         Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and no longer glowing before you walk away from it.

 General Fire Safety:

–         Install smoke alarms and test them once a month.

–         Change the batteries regularly- some recommend twice a year.

–         Have a fry or foam extinguisher in your kitchen. Check the expiration date.

–         Have an evacuation plan in the event of a fire.

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Everyday Fire Safety was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry