fire safety in hawaii

Craig DeSilva
September 27, 2023

October is National Fire Prevention Month. The tragic wildfires on Maui this summer emphasizes the importance of fire prevention and safety. Here are some tips from the Honolulu Fire Department.

Kitchen and cooking safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.
  • Keep items such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, and dish towels away from the stovetop even when the stove is off.
  • To smother small grease fires, cover the skillet with a saucepan lid and turn the stove off.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance into an outlet at a time, such as a toaster oven.
  • Never store items on top of the stove or cooktop and inside the oven.
  • Create a three-foot zone around your cooking area to keep children and pets away

Outdoor grilling safety

  • Never leave grills unattended.
  • Grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Set your grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from buildings.

For gas grills:

  • Make sure that the hose connection is tight. To check for leaks, spray a diluted solution of dish soap and water on the hose and fittings. If bubbles form, turn the cylinder off and fix the leak.
  • Keep a small spray bottle of water nearby for flare ups.
  • When you’re done grilling, immediately turn off the grill and propane valve.

For charcoal grills:

  • Don’t add lighter fluid after the coals have been lit.
  • Once done cooking, cool coals for 48 hours and then place in a metal container with a tight lid.

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