How often has the doorbell rung or a child interrupted you while you were cooking, causing you to forget about the chicken you left sizzling on the stove - until smoke filled the house? If this scenario or a similar one doesn't sound familiar to you, you may want to think about it a little more because it’s likely that you, and every member of your family who has spent time behind the stove has run the risk of having a dangerous life threatening house fire ... and on more than one occasion.
The Stove Alert APP™ helps to call people back with a mobile alert sounded to correct unattended cooking ... that can result in kitchen fires. That helps save lives and property. In fact, the Stove Alert can remind you that the stove is on before the smoke alarm sounds.
In some cases when the smoke alarm sounds it's already too late and if it's not immediately controlled with a fire extinguisher then 911 must be called. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. The latest statistics say that there were more than 500 Million stove top fires last year world-wide.
- One is definitely NOT enough! Every home should be equipped with smoke detectors on every level, particularly outside of sleeping areas.
- Ensure that your smoke detectors are tested monthly and batteries are replaced twice a year. Change batteries when you change your clocks.
- Encourage children to help test the smoke detectors. Familiarize them with the sounds of the alarm(s).
Stove use when you're not home
If you are like most home owners, you worry about the Stove more than any other appliance in the house. That's because it's the most hazardous and is responsible for creating most household fires in the nation-wide that lead to injury, death and property damage. Unattended cooking happens often by a simple distraction ... a phone call, a knock on the door, something on TV, or picking up an email.
The problem with all persons whether its your teens, your spouse or your elders is that there is always something more fun or important to do in this fast paced world then standing in front of the stove. With more and more electronic gadgets and phone app's springing up almost daily, its difficult to stay focused on what is important … safety in the home. Stove Alert can alert the stove user back to the kitchen in the event of a distraction. Many teens and adults will attend to their computer to pick up or send an email and then they get caught up in it, and before you know it the smoke alarm is sounded. You want to prevent that from happening because although the smoke alarm is vitally important in the home it is a level 2 fire prevention equipment tool … and in many cases when the smoke alarm is sounded it's often too late ... a fire or smoke has started.
The Stove Alert is a level 1 fire prevention tool that works differently.
It can work to remind a person that the stove is on so that a fire does not happen in the first place.
It works to alert so that you don't need to get to that stage where you need to extinguish a fire. Every fire professional will tell you that it's better to prevent a fire then to fight a fire. That's why Stove Alert is so important in every home.
Let's face it and not ignore what really goes on in the home when cooking. It’s a fact that people will accidentally become distracted from the stove. It’s also a fact that people will leave the kitchen intentionally to complete another duty or attend to their email, smart phone, home work, yard work, laundry or TV etc. Now at least you know that they will be alerted on their mobile device ... giving them a chance to prevent a fire from happening. Without Stove Alert, your gambling on recall ... and that's a gamble that can cause property damage, injury and even death. No body wants to burn down the house. If you introduce Stove Alert in your household, your loved ones will not only get instant protection at the tap of their screen, you'll also get your peace of mind back. Now everyone is healthy, happy and safe!
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher in your kitchen (one rated for grease fires and electrical fires.)
- It's a good idea to keep fire extinguishers near the furnace, garage, and anywhere else a fire may start. These extinguishers are affordable, life-saving equipment for your home.
- Make sure every able-bodied member of the family is trained and familiar with the proper way to use the fire extinguishers. If you must use an extinguisher, make sure you have a clear way out in the event you can't put out the fire.
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of reach and out of sight of children!
- Smoking is dangerous! No one should ever smoke in bed. Make sure that cigarettes/cigars are extinguished properly before dumping ashes.
- Avoid grease build-up in the kitchen and on appliances. Cooking fires are common. Don't leave food cooking on stovetops unattended.
- If a fire should occur, suffocate it with a pot/pan lid or a cookie sheet, or close the oven door.
- Around the holidays, Christmas trees are a primary concern. Consider using an artificial tree that is labeled "flame resistant." If you do use an evergreen, water it daily to keep it from drying out. Make sure to inspect stringed lights and window ornaments annually for deterioration.
- Dispose of materials from fireplaces and grills in non-flammable containers.
- Never put children to sleep in "day" clothes. Fire-retardant sleepwear can make a difference in burn outcomes.
Electrical Safety and Heat Sources
- Make sure your electrical system is not being over-taxed. This can cause a fire. Do your lights dim or flicker when extra appliances are plugged in? If you have questions or concerns, consult a certified electrician.
- Inspect wires. If you find any worn or exposed wiring from appliances, discontinue their use immediately! A fire is imminent!
- Space heaters can be dangerous if not used correctly. Make sure yours will automatically shut off if tipped over. Consult the operating instructions to make sure you are using space heaters, gas fire places, and other heat sources as intended by the manufacturer. Keep all flammable materials away from heat sources! If there are young children in the house, make sure space heaters and hot water heaters are inaccessible.
- Chimney fires are common. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually.
- Keep appliances unplugged when not in use.
Escaping a Fire
- Keep bedroom doors shut while sleeping. If you think there is a fire, feel the door and knob for heat before opening.
- Have an escape route for each area of the home and a designated meeting place outside.
It’s not a bad idea to have a portable compact escape ladder in your children’s bedroom upstairs on the second floor. Multi-storied buildings are of special concern. Ensure that everyone is familiar with how to use an escape ladder if necessary.
- Draw a map—one that's easy for all members of the family and visitors to understand.
- When planning for a family with young children, be sure to teach them not to hide from fire or smoke and to go to firefighters who are there to help them.
- All children should be familiar with the ideas of "crawling underneath the smoke" to escape a fire. "Stop, drop and roll" is another safety principle that must be ingrained into children's minds.
- Make sure every sleeping room has two means of escape in the event of a fire. Windows provide a secondary means of escape. Ensure they are in proper working order, are not painted shut, and guards are able to be disengaged in case of fire and escape is necessary through that window.
- Everyone must understand that once you escape, you must never reenter a burning building—no matter what you might have left behind.
- Call emergency responders (911) from a neighbor's house.
- Make sure to practice your escape plan periodically. It will be easier to remember in case of an emergency.
- Young children should know their street address and last name (and, of course, how to dial 911).
- After you've planned for the family, don't forget the pets. Alert firefighters about your pets. Don't rely on window or door decals to alert firefighters—such decals are often found to be outdated. In the event your pet suffers from smoke inhalation, rush the animal to the vet.
Fire Departments across the U.S. and Canada have some important safety tips for cooking during this busy holiday season.
Here are a few Fire Department safety tips to remember:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food. If you must leave the the room even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
- If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call 911.
- Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner and slide the pan off the burner.
- Never pour water on a grease fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call 911.
- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
- To avoid the accumulation of grease, always clean the vent screen above your stove. You can put these in the dishwasher!
If you cook frequently with oils, butter, and grease, make sure to clean it at least once a month.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and learn how to use it.
Every fire professional will tell you that it's better to prevent a fire then to fight a fire.
That's why Stove Alert is so important in every home and on every phone
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