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Senior Care Safety: Kitchen Fire Prevention

Senior Care in Bainbridge GA

Safety is an important focus of your senior care journey and some issues become more pressing depending on the time of year and the specific issues that your aging loved ones face. One particularly dangerous issues that can occur any time of year but is more prevalent during the fall and winterSenior-Care-Bainbridge-GA seasons is kitchen fires. The kitchen is the room of the home where the most fires occur and the vast majority of these fires are related to cooking. With all of the cold weather and holiday cooking that goes on during the fall and winter seasons, this is the time of year when kitchen fire prevention safety is of the utmost importance.


Use these tips, and share them with your aging loved ones’ senior health care services provider, to help you and your parents prevent kitchen fires during the colder months and throughout the rest of the year:

• Never leave the stove unattended. If you are using the stove to fry, boil, sautee, or otherwise cook food, do not leave it unattended. A splatter or flare-up can occur in seconds, leading to a devastating fire. This also applies to countertop cookers such as deep fryers. Contemporary versions of pressure cookers and slow cookers are safe to use without someone in the room so long as the electricity is stable, preventing shorts.

• Never leave the oven on. You should never leave the home or go to bed with something in the oven. If you are baking, roasting, or broiling something and you need to leave suddenly, turn off the oven before you go. If your aging loved ones have difficulty remembering that the oven is on, make it a habit to set a timer for every 15 minutes so that they remember that the oven is on and that they need to either remove the food or set another timer until the food is ready.

• Keep it clean. Make cleaning the stove, oven, and surrounding surfaces a regular part of your cleaning routine. The grease buildup on these surfaces can catch fire just by the residual heat of the stove or oven and then continue to feed the flames for a more powerful blaze. Be sure to use the proper cleaning supplies so that removing the grease is efficient and effective.

• Dress the part. Avoid wearing loose, flowing, or dangling clothing or fabric accessories while cooking, as these can catch fire very easily. If you or your aging loved ones have long hair, make sure that it is properly secured out of the way before approaching the cooking appliance.

• Have a checkup routine. Get into the habit of checking the kitchen thoroughly before leaving the house and before going to bed. Even if you did not turn the oven or stove on that day, still go through and check to make sure that all of the burners, the oven, the broiler, and any other appliance is off and not hot. It is possible to accidentally turn these appliances on, and sometimes shorts can occur, leading to an appliance spontaneously heating. Checking on them frequently ensures you know if any of these things happen so you can address them quickly.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Bainbridge, GA, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia


Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.