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Is Your Kitchen Fire Safe?

Statistics reveal that almost half of all home fires are started in the kitchen and 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter. The key to reducing the risk of fire occurring in your home and to surviving a house fire is being prepared. Everyone in your household should understand what risks there are in your home and what to do to minimise them.

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Fire safety in the kitchen:

As nearly half of all house fires start in this one room, the list of safety tips for kitchens alone is long and extensive. We’ll touch on some of the more important tips here.

  • Keep children away from hotplates and ovens whilst cooking and consider installing a stove guard.
  • Heat cooking oil carefully and slowly in the right size saucepan to avoid fat splatters.
  • Turn pot and pan handles inwards so they won’t be knocked over.
  • Clean your stove grill after each use and clean the range hood filter and all kitchen appliances regularly.
  • Install a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen and know how to use them. They should be situated at least 1 metre away from the stove and, between the stove and the nearest exit.
  • Install non-slip matting around the stove and sink area. If cooking oil catches fire, turn off the hotplate and slide the lid over the pan or use the fire blanket to smother the fire.
  • If a kitchen fire occurs and you don’t feel confident you can put it out, switch off the appliance, leave the premises and call the fire service on Triple Zero (000) from a safe place.
  • Ensure that all cooking appliances are turned off after use.
  • Don’t leave your cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen whilst cooking, turn off the hotplate.
  • Don’t wear clothes with loose fitting sleeves.
  • Don’t keep your tea towels, oven mitts and other flammable items near the stove or cook-top.
  • Don’t use water to put out fat and oil fires. Water can cause the fire to spread rapidly and cause horrific burns.
  • Don’t carry pans of hot or burning oil through the house as this may spread the fire and cause serious injury.

Smoke alarms:

The smoke alarm closest to the kitchen should be a photoelectric type, which is less prone to false alarms caused by cooking.

At Seymour Consultants, you always have a point of contact to provide you with professional advice. Contact Seymour Consultants today on 07 5573 4011 .