Why are kitchen accidents common? There are flammable substances constantly around heated appliances and open flames that can cause kitchen hazards. Kitchen fires are usually caused by flare-ups from food preparation or oven, burner, and electrical & gas defects. Most of these accidents can be prevented.
Don’t Leave Your Kitchen Unattended.
Check burners, ovens, and appliances to make sure they are off before leaving. If you plan on leaving the kitchen for a period of time, all heating sources should be turned off. You could also use the lowest heat setting that will cook your food fully & safely.
Wear Close-Fitted Clothing.
Avoid wearing loose-fitted, baggy clothing. Sleeves that hang have a possibility of dropping into pans or open flames.
Tie Back Long Hair.
Refrain from using flammable hair products. Make sure your hair is away from food while cooking. Hair nets are the easiest solution.
Don’t Place Metal or Foil in A Microwave Oven.
Leaving metal or foil can cause sparking or a fire. If you notice sparks, turn the oven off immediately.
If possible, unplug portable appliances when they aren’t being used. You should also keep hot pads, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging and towels away from any heat source.
Clean Up All Spills.
Watch out for any grease or messes on surfaces and in the oven. Clean them up immediately.
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