While home insurance covers damage to your property, it cannot recover your favourite belongings, family photos, or other lost mementos, and it certainly can’t replace a lost life. Prevention is your best safeguard against fires.
Here are some simple precautions to help avoid kitchen fires:
Read the owner’s manual for all your cooking appliances including stove tops and deep fryers to ensure you understand how they work and follow recommended safety instructions.
Never leave stove top cooking unattended. If you must step away from the kitchen for even just a moment, be sure to turn the stove off and move the item off the burner. Don’t leave the house if you have something in the oven.
Keep your cooking area clear of flammable items such as paper towels and dish towels.
Make sure your oven and cooking surfaces are kept clean of dried food and grease.
Clean the stove hood exhaust at least three times a year.
Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing, scarves, or ties when cooking, as they can catch on pot handles or dangle over stove burners.
Turn pot handles inwards to keep pots from accidentally overturning and to prevent children from touching them.
Be sure to keep a large pot lid close by every time you’re cooking to help smoother potential fires.
Keep children and pets out of your cooking zone (at least one metre from the stove).
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area and make sure it’s tested annually. Have it replaced or refilled every six years.
Install good smoke detectors on every floor of your home and be sure to clean, test, and replace their batteries on a regular basis (we recommend two times a year).
Never use turkey fryers indoors (including garages and other structures) and keep them away from decks and anything else that can catch fire.
Educate all family members on fire safety and have a fire evacuation plan ready and tested in case of an emergency.