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Fire Extinguisher in Kitchen

Holiday Kitchen Safety Tips

The holidays will be here before you know it.  If you are planning on entertaining this season or are hosting the holiday feast, your kitchen will be hustling and bustling for most of December.  Add in some cookie baking and your kitchen will be open 24 hours/7 days a week, so it is crucial that you and your family exercise the following important safety tips to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season. Desirable Kitchens and Refacing offers these tips to help keep your kitchen safe this holiday season!

1. Never leave your cooking unattended.

If you are frying, grilling or cooking on the stove top or are broiling in the oven, never leave the kitchen unless you turn off the stove. According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.

2. Equip your house with fire extinguishers and the knowledge of how to use them.

A kitchen fire can happen quickly; therefore, it is important that you have a fire extinguisher located in a convenient and easy to access area of your kitchen.  Many homeowners place one beneath their kitchen sink.  Consider keeping one on each level of your home. Your local fire department can provide training on the proper use of fire extinguishers.

3. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen.

If you do not already have one, immediately install a smoke alarm near your kitchen.  They should also be installed on each level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.  Use the test button monthly to check that it is properly operating and replace batteries yearly.

4. Create a kid-free zone in your kitchen.

Children should be kept three feet away from cooking areas (stove, fryers, etc.).  Young children can be easily burned by hot food and liquids that may splash while cooking or may be bumped by kids or pets.  Also, be sure to turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove to the sides or angled back towards the wall.  If possible, limit your cooking to the back burners.

5. Keep flammable items away from the stovetop.

While cooking, avoid wearing loose clothing or sleeves that dangle.  Short sleeves or close-fitting sleeves are best.  Additionally, keep any items that can easily catch fire, such as potholders, oven mitts, food packaging, paper towels or curtains away from your stovetop or any other cooking appliance that generates heat.

6. Keep your kitchen clean.

Be sure to clean cooking surfaces after use to prevent grease buildup.  If your oven is equipped with a self-cleaning feature, be sure to turn on after heavy-duty holiday use.  Don’t forget to wipe down your kitchen cabinets regularly to avoid a potential fire in your Pittsburgh home from the grease buildup.

Preparing your Kitchen for the Holidays

If your kitchen is in need of attention or you are looking to update your kitchen cabinets, call Desirable Kitchens and Refacing, located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, at 412-515-0582 for a free consultation.   Within days, we can reface your kitchen cabinets, transforming your Pittsburgh kitchen into an impressive and safe gathering space for all of your holiday entertaining.  We pride ourselves on having the right solution for every customer – every time!