Every day, fires break out at homes all over the United States. More house fires start in the kitchen than in any other place. The most common cause of a house fire is cooking. Everybody needs to eat, so that means most families will cook several times a week. Here are some tips that everyone can use to prevent fires in the kitchen and stay safe.

How to Cook Safely

Dress appropriately for cooking. Don’t wear loose clothing or a shirt with dangling sleeves because they can easily catch fire.

If you have children, keep them away from the stove while you are cooking. Establish and enforce a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove.

Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking food on the stove. Never leave food unattended. If you need to leave the kitchen, even just for a second, turn off the stove until you return.

Always stay in the house if you have something in the oven. Check it regularly. Use a timer to make sure you don’t forget about food in the oven.

Many items in the kitchen can easily catch fire. Keep pot holders, oven mitts, wooden spoons, food packaging, plastic or paper bags, towels, and curtains away from the stove, oven, and other appliances that create heat.

Other Tips to Protect You from a Kitchen Fire

Grease can easily catch fire and can quickly send an entire room up in flames. Clean the stove and oven regularly to prevent a buildup of grease.

Keep a fire extinguisher in your house. That can allow you to put out a small fire quickly and prevent it from getting worse. Read the instructions or take a class to learn how to use it correctly.

Install a smoke detector near your kitchen, on every floor in your house, and near each bedroom. Test them once a month and replace the batteries once a year.

Before you go to bed or leave your home, check to make sure the oven, stove, and other small appliances are turned off.

You should always exercise extreme caution when cooking. Becoming distracted for just a second is all it takes for a fire to start. Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family safe.

How Homeowners Insurance Can Protect Your Family

You should have homeowners insurance to provide protection in case your house does catch fire. Even if you are careful while cooking, a fire could start because of an electrical problem or another cause. Homeowners insurance will also provide you with coverage if your home is damaged by a natural disaster or if a thief breaks in and steals your belongings. Petruzelo Insurance can help you compare rates from several top insurers. Contact us today to get a quote.