According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), people over 65 are 2.5 times more likely to face mortality as a result of a kitchen fire than the general population. There are several reasons for this ranging from medication causing slower reaction times to dementia. Here are some tips to make cooking safer.
- Do not leave food unattended: The cause of most kitchen fires is food left unattended on the stove or in the oven. Never leave the kitchen when food is frying, grilling, or broiling. Don’t leave the house when food is simmering, baking, or roasting.
- Use the right pots and pans: Heavy pots and pans can lead to accidents. Pots with only one handle can also be problematic. Use two-handled and light-weight ones instead.
- Keep pan handles turned inward: Panhandles that face outwards from the stove top can be bumped and cause spills.
- Clean surfaces regularly: Grease buildup on appliance hoods and in exhaust systems are a disaster waiting to happen. Make sure these areas are cleaned regularly.
Kitchen safety is important; do not neglect this area of the home.