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Top Causes of Kitchen Fires

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

flames while cooking The best way to prevent fires from starting is to understand what causes them in the first place!

Top Causes of Kitchen Fires

Cooking is a wonderful thing. It can bring people together and can provide a sense of comfort and security. However, like any other activity that involves combustion or high temperatures, cooking has the potential to pose risks if proper safety precautions are not taken. Fires in the kitchen can happen because of many factors including improper storage of combustible materials like food or cleaning chemicals. The best way to prevent fires from starting is to understand what causes them in the first place!

Cooking Equipment

There are a lot of things that can cause kitchen fires. One of the most common culprits is cooking equipment, including deep-fat fryers and woks. If you use an electric frying pan or griddle, make sure it has an automatic shutoff when the pan gets too hot (and it will get very hot if you forget to turn off your burner). Charcoal briquettes should also be kept away from open flames like ovens and stoves; they contain oil as well as other flammable materials that could easily ignite if they're heated up too much.

Unattended Cooking

Never leave the stove unattended.

  • If you are cooking and need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.
  • When you come back, be sure that all burners are turned off (and no one has turned them on accidentally).

Electrical and Appliances

  • Electrical and gas: According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical fires are the most common cause of kitchen fires. You should be sure that all your appliances have proper plugs installed and aren't overloaded their respective circuits. The same goes for your oven and stovetop — clean them regularly so they don't overheat or catch on fire!
  • Unplugged appliances: If you've ever had an appliance break down while plugged in, you know how dangerous this can be! Unplugging appliances helps prevent fires because when something happens to your device while it's still plugged in (like overheating), there is nothing stopping other devices from starting a chain reaction of overheated electronics all around it. If you leave something plugged in overnight or during long periods of non-use, especially things like heaters or space heaters, this can lead to problems with short circuits that might result in a fire if left unchecked for too long.

Grease Fires

Grease fires are the most common cause of kitchen fires. Grease fires can be caused by oil or butter that is left on a stovetop. These types of fires start when the temperature of the oil reaches 300 degrees, which causes it to ignite. The best way to prevent this type of fire is to keep an eye on your cooking and remove any excess fat from your pots before you put them on a burner.

Microwave Fires

When you place a hot dish or mug on the edge of your microwave and it tips over, it can ignite the spill-over grease and start a fire.

If you haven't cleaned the oven in a while, food particles may build up inside. This can cause a fire if they're heated up rapidly by microwave energy.

It's not just microwaves that cause fires in kitchens! There are also other appliances that use heat to cook food: ovens, grills and toasters all have their own risks of causing fires if not used properly.

Understanding the most common causes of kitchen fires can illuminate the importance of being constantly vigilant and alert when cooking.

Kitchen fires can be caused by cooking equipment, unattended cooking, electrical and appliances, grease fires, and microwave fires. However, they start it is important to know how to prevent or extinguish them.

Knowing about the most common causes of kitchen fires may not help you avoid them all, but it will at least help you be prepared when they happen. If you’re more aware of the risks involved in cooking and take precautions accordingly, then hopefully these tips will help keep your kitchen safe and clear of any danger.

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