Kitchen fire safety in North Bay has been a big topic of conversation lately around the Kitchen Gallery showroom.
That’s due to the recent spike in kitchen fires around the area in the past few months.
So now seems like a good time for some refresher tips (actually, come to think of it, it’s always a good time for kitchen fire safety in North Bay).
Recent kitchen fire incidents in North Bay include:
- In late February, two kitchen fires in three days caused severe home damage.
- In early April, a kitchen fire caused local residents to experience smoke inhalation.
- In late April, a kitchen fire resulted in a woman suffering burns to her upper body.
According to North Bay Fire, kitchen fires are the number one of residential fires in all of Canada.
So are some easy-to-follow kitchen fire safety tips you should always remember.
Never put out a grease fire or oil-based fire with water
When it comes to kitchen fire safety in North Bay, grease fires are quite problematic.
Many people (including the kitchen fire incidents listed above) try to put out grease fires with water. It’s a common reflex: People see a fire and immediately try to douse it with water.
But grease fires and water are a deadly combination. Here’s why:
- Always remember that oil and water don’t mix.
- Adding water to a grease fire pan or pot will cause it to instantly sink to the bottom.
- When it hits the bottom, it evaporates immediately.
- As a result, oil-based flames will spread everywhere.
Instead, here’s what you should do:
- Turn off the burner.
- Cover the pot with something large enough (like another pot) to remove oxygen.
- If you can’t cover the pot, dump lots of baking soda in it.
A smart idea is to purchase a chemical fire extinguisher (Class B Dry). However, only use this as a last resort, as it will contaminate your kitchen.
Don’t get distracted. Stay in the kitchen at all times
It’s easy to get distracted while cooking.
Everything looks like it’s going well.
So you step out of the kitchen (like many people in North Bay do) or focus on other things such as:
- Checking your cell phone.
- Watching some TV.
- Catching up on a book.
- Reading a blog.
Before you know it, the pot’s boiling over, smoke is everywhere and you’ve burnt your meal.
So staying near your appliances and keeping a close eye on everything is probably the easiest thing you can do when it comes to kitchen fire safety in North Bay.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy (and know how to use it)
In the US, approximately 75% of homes have a fire extinguisher (source: This Old House).
And while Canadian numbers aren’t readily available, it’s safe to assume the percentage is about the same.
If you don’t have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, head over to your local hardware store and pick one up.
But that’s not the end of it. You also need to learn how to properly use it in order to maximize your kitchen fire safety.
In North Bay, there are classes available which can teach you. However a simple method to remember is called PASS:
- P: Pull the pin.
- A: Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
- S: Squeeze the handle.
- S: Sweep from side-to-side at the base of the fire.
One last thing: If you have a fire extinguisher that’s a few years (or even a decade) old, you may want to replace it.
Although fire extinguishers never really “expire”, they can lose their effectiveness over a prolonged period of time.
Blow out any candles
A nice, candlelit dinner from time-to-time is a good idea.
In order to enjoy your meal and be safe too, use wider, shorter candles on the table. They’re less likely to tip over.
And if they do, they’re less likely to come into contact with other things (such as curtains).
Finally, when you’re done, make sure to extinguish the flames.
Kitchen fire safety in North Bay is everyone’s responsibility
There have been way too many kitchen fires in the news lately.
The good news is that by paying close attention and using common sense, kitchen fire safety in North Bay can improve dramatically.
But we figured that kitchen fire safety in North Bay was an importance enough topic to write about.
Thanks for reading.