With the kids home for the summer, summer BBQs and family visits planned, summer entertaining can sure be a lot of fun, but with too many distractions, it can also quickly turn dangerous.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires each year involving cooking equipment. Liberty Mutual Insurance even reports that 45% of consumers have been distracted by television or music while cooking. And, with 56% of people planning to cook for family or friends this year, there’s sure to be distracted summer barbecuing.
To ensure your family has a fire-free summer (minus the campfires for s’mores), FireAvert is sharing these important tips to remember as you gather around the kitchen this summer:
- Always have a fire extinguisher around kitchens and grills, and make sure your family know how to use them.
- Be sure to replace batteries in your smoke detectors. They should be tested regularly to make sure they are working.
- Make sure the family knows of an exit plan if a fire were to start.
- If you tend to do a lot of cooking, invest in a second timer. They're an inexpensive backup method, ensuring that your summer dishes do not overcook.
- Always keep your grill a safe distance from your home.
- It is always a good idea to keep a splatter mat underneath the grill, especially when your grill is on a wooden patio or deck connected to your home.
- Install FireAvert to the back of your electric stove. FireAvert is a simple wall unit that automatically shuts off the stove in the event that smoke is detected.
Walk through these important fire safety guidelines with your family, and have a peace of mind during your most fun summer yet.