Fire Safety In Your Kitchen

Fire BlanketSo, you’ve got 10 year battery smoke alarms on the ceilings and a small fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. So, that’s you sorted, right?

Wrong! The US National Fire Protection Association discovered that in the past 10 years, more than 15 percent of all residential fire deaths, more than 29 percent of all injuries and approximately 30 percent of all residential fires were the direct result of kitchen fires. In the UK, 376 people died in domestic fires in 2005, and over 11,500 people were injured.

Protect Your Kitchen, Protect Your Home

Kitchen fire safety remains a concern for UK authorities. The latest Code of Practice BS 5839-6:2004 recommends a heat alarm in every Kitchen, and new Building regulations require new homes to have mains operated alarms. Yet, there is no requirement to fit any fire detection alarms in your existing kitchen.

Fire Safety: Kit Out Your Kitchen

Providing fire safety for your kitchen is really easy – and remarkably cost-efficient too, with just three steps to fire safety.

1. Feel the Heat


If you love to cook, you’ll know how a kitchen can quickly fill with steam, or hazy smoke from that lovely sizzling steak. Normal smoke alarms would be going crazy by now, which is why most new kitchen are fitted with a heat alarm instead.

A heat alarm only sounds when the temperature rises above 57 degrees C (135 degrees F), the temperature of a fire rather than just cooking.

2. Smother with Love

A fire blanket is just what you need to smother small fat fires in a frying pan, for example. Fire blankets work by excluding air from the fire, and extinguishing it.

If a pan catches fire, turn off the heat and immediately throw the blanket completely over the pan.


3. Fight the Fire

Your third essential item of kitchen fire safety kit is a 2k domestic fire extinguisher, such as an ABC multi-rated power extinguisher. This extinguisher is ideal for tackling fires NOT involving fats or electrics, such as a burning tea-towel or paper packaging.

Mount your handy fire extinguisher on a wall, so it’s easy to grab and use if and when you need it. If you have expensive electrical equipment in your kitchen, invest in a CO2 fire extinguisher as well, which will reduce any potential damage when sued on or near your electrical appliances.

So, keep safe in your kitchen this year, and may the only smoke be from your partner burning the toast – again.


  1. Nice Information!! Thanks for sharing the fire safety for kitchen. It would be very helpful for many people who don’t know about to take the precaution or safety needs for there kitchen.

  2. When it comes to home safety, one of the recommendations made is that there needs to be a fire extinguisher in a prominent location within the kitchen. All home kitchens should have a fire extinguisher whether it is an auto fire extinguisher or a kidde kitchen fire extinguisher.

    • Hi Lucy, Yes it is important for people to be safe in their homes, but I would say that the MOST important thing in a kitchen would be the fire/smoke alarm first and foremost, as well as a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher.
      However, you seem to be a little misled. Automatic fire extinguishers are usually for confided areas, like the engine room of a boat or a server room in a large company, they really are NOT for home use, and as for brands the most internationally recognised fire extinguisher is chubb (or its trade name Thomas glover).
      Hope this clarifies things for you.

  3. Is it safe to stick paper sheets onto kitchen furniture in distance of 9cm form gas cooker?

    • I think you need to just apply common sense to that question. There are no regulations to tell you what to do in your kitchen but fire + paper nearby = danger.

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