Tips for Preventing Oven Fires

Baking and roasting season is upon us! As you start to use your oven more, it is important to do so safely. Kitchen fires are one of the leading causes of house fires every year and the oven is often at the center of it. Here are some ways you can prevent oven fires while enjoying delicious home cooked meals and baked goods.

Regular Cleaning

Baked on food is a common cause of fire. To combat this, keep your oven clean by removing food debris, grease, and spills regularly. Grease buildup especially can ignite and cause a fire. Clean up any spills as soon as they occur.

Use Oven Liners

To make clean up easier, consider using oven liners or aluminum foil on the lower rack to catch drips and spills. Replace or clean them regularly to prevent a buildup of flammable materials.

Avoid Cooking with Excess Grease

Because grease can cause a fire so quickly, you may want to use cooking methods that minimize grease splatter, such as using a splatter guard for frying or using a roasting pan for meats to catch drippings.

Monitor Cooking Closely

Do not leave the kitchen unattended while your oven is in use. Keep an eye on your cooking, especially when broiling or using high temperatures. Even when slow roasting things for hours, do not leave the oven on and unattended.

Install a Smoke Detector

Ensure your kitchen has a working smoke detector. Test it regularly and replace the batteries as needed. This is one of the first alerts available to you when a fire breaks out so that you can catch fires quickly. You definitely want his detector in working order.

Properly Ventilate

Ensure your kitchen is well-ventilated. Use your oven's exhaust fan or open a window to help dissipate heat and prevent smoke buildup.

In addition, make sure to regularly clean the exhaust fan, range hood, and filters to prevent grease buildup that could become a fire hazard.

Know How to Handle Oven Fires

In the event of an oven fire, do not open the oven door, as it can allow oxygen in and make the fire worse. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed, and call the fire department if the fire doesn't extinguish on its own.

Taking proactive steps to prevent oven fires and practicing fire safety in the kitchen is crucial to protect your Eid-Co home and loved ones. Regular cleaning, proper maintenance, and vigilance while cooking can significantly reduce the risk of oven-related fires. The only thing that needs to come from your oven are the delicious things you make.

By Eid-Co Homes 9-26-2023