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Guest post of the week by Deangelo Spencer
The other night while cooking dinner I may have accidentally caught our oven on fire. When I say may have I mean I actually did. I could have sworn that I set the timer when I put our dinner in the over but evidently I did not and then I got all carried away watching a terrible reality show that shall remain nameless. The next thing I know the smoke alarm is going off and my phone is ringing and smoke is filling up the kitchen way faster than I would have imagined it would. I looked frantically around the kitchen for something to put out the tiny fire with but as it turns out we have no fire extinguisher. This is not something that I have ever once thought about buying when I am out at the store and it is clearly something that I never thought I would actually need. This day I needed it more than ever. Thankfully we have an alarm system from homesecuritysystems.com that alerted me quickly before it got out of control.
Statistics show that the number one cause of fire in homes is kitchen related. Inattention or forgetting that something is on the stove causes most of these fires. Grease, water boiling out of pots, and leaving the kitchen when cooking are the three main causes. All of them are preventable. Everyone says that almost all kitchen fires could be prevented by just staying in the kitchen and attentive to meal preparation. Too often when you leave the room, you get distracted and forget that there’s something on the stove.
There are ways to prevent fires. First, as mentioned, don’t leave your kitchen while preparing a meal. Sometimes this is unrealistic. If you need to leave the kitchen, set a timer to remind you to come back and check on things. I use this many times when I’m waiting for water to boil. I set a timer for five minutes, because that is approximately how long it takes for water to boil on my stove. If I’m cooking something that needs to simmer for a long time, then I set a timer to check on it regularly while it is cooking.
There are also safety precautions should you have a fire. Always, always, always have a fire extinguisher that is rated for both electrical and grease fires in the kitchen area. Somewhere that you’ll be able to reach it fast should a fire break out. Baking powder is a great way to put out a grease fire. DO NOT use water to put out a grease fire it will just spread it wherever the water goes.
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