Fire Safety in the Kitchen


October is Fire Prevention Month!  The National Fire Protection Association cites cooking as the number one cause of home fires and has chosen to highlight this safety issue for Fire Prevention Week 2020.  


Since the COVD-19 pandemic hit, many of us have started cooking more at home, some of us loved it and some of us hated it.  Wherever you stand on dining at home, you can help keep yourself and your family safe by practicing a few safety rules in the kitchen.


One little guy who loves to cook is Bobby Worden, the son of Marmic’s very own Charlotte Worden out of our Joplin office.  This “Mar-minion” is learning not only how to cook but how to cook safely under his parents’ watchful eyes because, unlike restaurants, most homes don’t have sophisticated kitchen fire suppression systems installed.  Many don’t even have fire extinguishers.


Still, the best way to stay safe is prevention.  Here are a few recommended tips from the NFPA and some common sense practices.


  1. Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  2. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  3. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking to cover a grease fire by sliding the lid over the pan.
  4. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
  5. Don’t wear loose clothing that could catch fire.
  6. Keep kids at least 3 feet away from the stove and where hot food and drinks are prepared.
  7. Check that your smoke alarms are working properly every month.
  8. Know 2 ways out of your home in case a fire starts.
  9. Make sure that the oven and stove are turned off when you are done before leaving the kitchen.


We're glad Bobby is learning to cook safely by practicing these tips!


Do you want to learn how to use a fire extinguisher?  Check out our P.A.S.S. video and/or schedule Live Fire Training with us!