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Too Many Cooks In the Kitchen Can Lead to Fire

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A house damaged by fire This photo shows the devastation caused by a carelessly ignored dinner cooking in this home.

A Kitchen With Too Many Cooks Might Result In A Fire.

Most Lafayette, CO, residents have had a kitchen scare or two at some point in their lives. Just a few minutes too long on the stove and that recipe can quickly transform into a disaster. Because even a small incident can easily become overwhelming, look to these tips to ensure safety for everyone in the house.

Keep Food in the Spotlight

Especially for those with busy schedules, preparing a meal can often seem to involve a million other important tasks. Keep an eye on cooking food to prevent a fire from standing in the way of those tasks. Turn stove burners off when leaving the kitchen, even if just for a second. Fire damage can do more than ruin a good meal.

Clear the Area

If your kitchen is the central location of family goings-on, it likely sees more traffic than any other room in the house. Too many cooks in the kitchen, however, can lead to safety hazards. Keep flammable materials such as oven mitts, wooden cooking supplies, and plastic wrapping away from the heat. The following items are also especially vulnerable around high temperatures:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Pot holders

A good rule of thumb is to keep your cooking space neat and clear of clutter when making that delicious dinner.

Use Oil With Caution

Oil is probably the biggest culprit when it comes to kitchen fires. One of the tips you can use to prevent a grease fire involves heating oil slowly. Avoid potentially harmful oil splashes by adding food gradually, as well. As for keeping heat levels safe, you can use a thermometer to ensure oil doesn't reach dangerous temperatures. Finally, having a working fire extinguisher on hand is never a bad idea.

Preparing a nice meal can easily lead to a kitchen fire in seconds. Because of the potential dangers, it is essential that you practice the above safety tips when cooking. Sometimes, help from fire experts is the safest choice, but you can minimize the risks by clearing clutter and paying close attention to your cooking food.

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