Kitchen fires are dangerous, frightening, and can be very sudden. A pot that has been left on the stove for too long can shortly become a ball of flame that can spread throughout the home. Here are five tips to reduce the risk of fires in the senior’s home.
- Set a timer. Anyone can be forgetful. We set some tea to boil, go to water the flowers, and completely forget that we ever turned on the stove. If you set a timer for 5 minutes once you turn on the stove, you will never forget to turn off the burner.
- Remove hanging items. Some people like to have towels or decorations hanging around the stove. If a fire starts, these items can carry the flames to the walls. Clear the area around the stove of anything that may catch fire.
- Check the smoke alarm. If there is a fire, the smoke alarm will alert you to the danger. However, it only will do that if it is in working order. Change the batteries twice a year to keep it working optimally. An easy way to remember to do this is to change them when you change the clocks before and after Daylight Savings Time.
- Invest in a fire extinguisher. Keep a fire extinguisher handy for small, manageable fires. It should be located in an easy-to-reach place in the kitchen. However, if a major fire erupts, leave the home and call 911.