FINDING THE SAFETY SOLUTION Mitigating the dangers of possible kitchen fires depends upon having the right components in place. For starters, provide information on kitchen safety — and cooking safety in particular — to all tenants. Apartments are more likely than homes to have sprinkler systems in place, which gives them an advantage over single-family homes, but those sprinklers aren’t triggered until they detect a fire that is at least 155 degrees.
3 OUT OF 5 PEOPLE WHO ARE INJURED DURING COOKING FIRES RECEIVED THOSE INJURIES FROM TRYING TO FIGHT THE FIRE THEMSELVES.
THAT’S WHY IT’S CRITICAL TO HAVE OTHER SAFETY MEASURES SUCH AS:
SMOKE DETECTORS You know the saying: where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If someone has left the room and a cooking fire breaks out, a smoke detector will alert them. However, if they have left the apartment, or are asleep or passed out and can’t hear it — which is the cause of about one-third of cooking fire deaths — it’s of no use.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS Every kitchen should be
FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM While both smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are important tools, they have limitations and depend on human intervention. StoveTop FireStop’s fire suppression system uses canisters that are mounted above the stove’s burners, either under the microwave or the range hood.
equipped with a Class B fire extinguisher designed to put out fires on flammable liquids like grease and oil. However, it’s important that your tenants know how to use it properly, since improper use has been linked to respiratory problems and even cardiac arrest.
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