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Fire Extinguishers

Three important placements for fire extinguishers in common residential situations:

Vehicle, Garage, Kitchen — not necessarily in that order …


Vehicle
A fire extinguisher might not be able to stop a serious vehicle fire, but it might stop a small vehicle fire from becoming a large fire. An extinguisher can also contain a small fire long enough to make it possible for the fire department to extinguish the fire before it consumes an entire vehicle or destroys property inside the vehicle. See Garage and Kitchen info below …

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Garage
Gasoline is stored in a garage, so there is a greater risk of fire in the garage. Unattended vehicle fires can also start in a the garage. The situation might make it impossible to reach the fire extinguisher in the vehicle. A fire extinguisher can extinguish a small fire or hold back fire until professional firefighters can finish the job.

Kitchen
With heat sources of burners and ovens, fire is a serious risk in the kitchen. Overcooking is a common cause of kitchen fires, and cooking fires are the most common cause of home fires and home injuries.

KITCHEN FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

6. Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.]

9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

SOURCE: American Red Cross

NFPA, reporting Statistics from Liberty Mutual …

Forty-Two percent of surveyed consumers say they have left the kitchen to talk or text on the phone, and 35 percent to use the computer to check email while food is cooking. If you tend to do a lot of cooking, invest in a second or third timer. They’re an inexpensive way to stay safe while ensuring that your holiday dishes do not overcook.

Nearly half (45 percent) of consumers say they have left the room to watch television or listen to music. Multi-tasking during the busy holiday season is tempting. If you succumb, it’s important not to leave the stove or oven unattended
Nearly one third (29 percent) of consumers reported that they have intentionally disabled smoke alarms while cooking.

More than half (56 percent) of surveyed consumers said they plan to cook for family or friends during the holidays this year – with 42 percent of those cooking for groups of 11 or more.

SOURCE: NFPA


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