The Latest in Kitchen Fire Prevention. What You Need to Know. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room. Those fires can be expensive; since even a minor incident, with no injuries, can result in significant damage. That’s why it’s important to keep up with the latest in fire prevention. The most recent research tells us: • Never leave cooking food unattended. Doing so is the number one cause of kitchen fires. • Make sure cooking appliances, especially deep fryers, are safety certified by the appropriate government agency. • When using oil in a frying pan, always heat slowly at no more than a medium heat setting. • Always turn off stove burners and other cooking appliances immediately after cooking. • Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water. Use baking soda or a fire extinguisher. • Never remove or cover up a smoke detector due to nuisance alarms. The one alarm that isn’t a nuisance may save your life. Finally, experts say that if you can’t put out a fire immediately, get everyone out of the home and call emergency services.
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