What is a holiday without a massive, hearty meal? If you are planning to host guests this holiday season, then make sure to brush up on your fire safety beforehand. Mr. Electric of Dallas is here with some tips. If your electrical wiring is outdated or if you have installed new, heavy appliances, then consider hiring an electrician to make sure your circuits can meet the electrical demand. Even if nothing has changed, don’t forget to schedule your routine electrical inspection to ensure everything is on track.
Do Not Overload Your Circuits
Just a couple of decades ago, much of the cooking process was done by hand. Now, there is a wide range of electrical devices and appliances the get the jobs done. Electric mixers, electric skillets, and even electric knives are commonly found in kitchens nowadays. All of these devices need electricity but is your kitchen’s electrical system up for the challenge?
Do you have enough outlets for all of those devices? If not, you probably rely on extension cords. These cords can be trip hazards and overburden the outlets, however. Why not install additional outlets instead?
If lights flicker or circuit breakers trip when you plug in some of these electrical devices, then it might be time to upgrade your electrical system. These are signs that the electrical circuit is overloaded. Consider adding additional circuits to protect against damaged electrical wiring.
Keep Flammables Away
Oven mitts, hand towels, potholders, and other flammable objects should be kept at a safe distance from the stove, cooking area, and even the electrical outlets. Also, don’t wear loose and dangling clothes when cooking.
Keep the cooking surfaces clean. Grease buildup can trigger and spread fires incredibly fast. Be careful when pouring oils and grease to make sure it does not splash and splatter. Clean any spilled grease or splattered greased off of ovens and stoves. Do not pour hot grease in the garbage as it can ignite combustible materials. Pour used fats, oils, and greases in a separate metal container to toss out later.
Be Prepared for Fires
No matter how prepared you feel, you should always expect the unexpected. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area and make sure everyone in the household knows how to use it. Also make sure the smoke detector is working. Test the smoke detector once a month and test it before you get started on cooking a big meal.
Use a timer when cooking your meals so you have a reminder to check your dishes. Avoid distractions such as TV and cell phones while in the kitchen.
Clean Up When You Are Done
Once you are finished with your cooking, double check to make sure all stoves and ovens are turned off. Finally, when you are done using your electric devices or appliances, make sure to unplug them by pulling the plug, not the cord.
An electrical fire is a very serious and real threat. Make sure to schedule your routine electrical inspection to ensure your electrical wires are sturdy. Mr. Electric of Dallas is happy to take your call.