The number one cause of many home fires are from kitchen related incidents where open flames and hot surfaces are often in use. But by having the right Connecticut homeowners insurance in place, as well as safe practices when cooking in your kitchen, your risk of a serious fire that could cost you your home can be significantly lowered…
If you’re new in the kitchen, or just a little nervous cooking in your new home with a gas stove as opposed to an electric one, then you may need to brush up on kitchen and fire safety tips. Here are some key ones you should always follow:
• If you’re cooking with oil, make sure you don’t overheat it. Oil and grease can easily start a fire if not managed correctly.
• When you put food into grease on the stove top, make sure to be extra careful. You wouldn’t want to get splashed and burned by the grease. They are some of the most dangerous, and painful, burns to experience.
• NEVER use water to put out a grease fire. Even though this may be your first instinct, don’t do it. By throwing water on the grease fire, you’ll actually spread the fire to a wider area. Throw a large towel over the fire (if it’s concentrated in a pan or pot) and you will extinguish the flame right then and there.
• Keep pan lids handy while cooking. They are the quickest way to smother a fire.
Remember that your Connecticut homeowners insurance will always be there for you, no matter what happens, but it’s your job to make sure that your home is as safe as possible and not needing of an insurance claim. For more information on Connecticut homeowners insurance, give us a call today!