Stove-top and Kitchen Fire Prevention
Each year there are more than 700 residential electric stove-top fires. The leading cause is leaving cooking unattended. Other causes are:
- Unattended cooking and distractions
- Loose clothing and articles near the stove
- Children playing near the stove
- Attempting to extinguish a grease fire with water
- Attempting to cook while under the influence of alcohol.
Here are the tragic results: over the past decade, there have been 1,500 serious injuries and 33 fatalities from cooking fires.
If you have a traditional coil element stove, you need to be extra careful. Their elements heat up to 700 degrees Celcius, much hotter than ceramic top, induction or gas stoves. Traditional coil element electric stoves cause the greatest proportion of fires.
Regardless of what kind of stove you have at home, follow these important tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Stay in the kitchen and pay attention when cooking.
- Drink responsibly when cooking.
- If a fire occurs, get out immediately and call 911!
- Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, towels, etc. – away from your stovetop.
No matter how old you are, kitchen safety is important. Here are some tips and resources to keep your children safe in the kitchen.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- Always supervise children when they are using a microwave oven.
- Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
- Teach children how to escape your home on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Ensure kids get your permission before cooking.
- More than 700 residential electric stove-top fires occur each year on average. The leading cause is cooking left unattended.
- Cooking-related fires continue to be the most common type of residential electrical fire
- Cooking equipment has been identified as the leading source of preventable home injuries, and the second leading source of preventable residential fire fatalities.
- Stovetop fires account for the majority of cooking fires but products such as ovens, microwaves and electric frying pans are responsible for fires as well.
- Since 2008, there has been a 157 per cent increase in the number of electrical product incidents reported to ESA. Approved cooking products bear the symbol of a certified product testing agency that has been accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Go to www.esasafe.com/electricalproducts/marks to view these symbols.
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