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Unattended cooking fires cause 50% of all reported home fires in the United States, equating to $1.2 billion in property damage. You can protect your home and family from deadly unattended cooking fires by installing a FireAvert in your home. 

Earlier this month you made your bedrooms and bathrooms more fire-safe using our bedroom and bathroom safety inspection checklist. Now, it’s time to do the same with your living rooms and kitchen!

Living Room Fire Safety:

  • Are all couches and chairs at least three feet from fireplaces, wood stoves, or space heaters?
  • Do you have a screen and hearth in front of your fireplace or wood stove?
  • Is there a fireproof rug in front of the fireplace or wood stove?

  • Are all candles placed in a proper sized holder and sitting on a non-combustible surface?

  • Are all extension cords placed over rugs, not through doorways, and not plugged into a second cord?

  • Are exit paths, stairs and doors clear of obstructions?

  • Lit candles are not left unattended.

  • Is there a carbon monoxide detector installed in the living area of the home?

  • The home is not cluttered with clothes, magazines, newspapers and other items that can burn.

  • Things that can burn are at least 3 feet from space heaters and fireplaces.

Kitchen Fire Safety – Prevent Unattended Cooking Fires:

  • Do you always stay at the stove side when you are cooking with grease or oil?

  • Is there a three-foot safety zone around the stove to safeguard around small children?

  • Is the stove and adjacent area free of towels, pot holders, and other combustible items?

  • Do you cook on the rear burners to ensure all pan handles are not hanging over the front of the stove?

  • Are the cords on all appliances tied up so they do not hang over the edge of the counter?

  • Is there a filled fire extinguisher available in the kitchen?

  • Things that can burn are removed from the stovetop and surrounding countertops.

  • Small appliances are unplugged when not in use.

  • Adult stays in the kitchen when stovetop is in use.

  • Do you have a properly installed and operating smoke alarm in your kitchen?

  • Is your electric or gas stove protected with FireAvert, the fire safety device that shuts off the power or gas to your appliances when a smoke alarm is activated? This is the most effective way to prevent unattended cooking fires.

  • Are your microwave and toaster oven also protected with a similar fire safety device that shuts off power to the appliance when smoke is detected?

As you can see, there are so many elements involved in kitchen fire safety, and they are all so important to be aware of as cooking fires and unattended cooking are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries in the United States. While you’re inspecting your kitchens using this checklist, it may be a great time to purchase a FireAvert. FireAvert prevents unattended cooking fires in the event an accident involving one of the checklist items above occurs in your home. We’d be happy to speak with you about our product if you have any questions!

Keep a lookout for our next post with more fire safety inspection checklists for your home!

Checklists compiled from Horry County Fire Rescue and the National Fire Protection Association