Common Causes of Oven Fires
Most Fires Start in the Kitchen
Household fires can be absolutely devastating, particularly if they aren’t contained or dealt with swiftly. The most common place for a blaze to begin is in the kitchen. Your stove and oven are two big potential fire sources, because they generate heat with gas or electricity.
Here are contributing factors that can trigger a kitchen fire.
Ovens can malfunction and start a fire, especially if they are old, poorly maintained, or damaged in some way.
Electric ovens have heating elements that can spark a blaze. Turn off your electric oven if you see sparks or if it is not working properly.
Gas ovens may develop leaks that can lead to explosions. Immediately call the utility company if you smell gas; the odor indicate a leak around your oven or stove.
Oven fires often happen because of a buildup of grease and other cooking byproducts if you do not clean your oven regularly or thoroughly. Even dust can trigger an oven blaze if it gets thick enough. Clean your oven regularly, especially if you spill something or food boils over inside of it, and use only appropriate cleaning products.
Never leave something to bake in the oven without monitoring it regularly. Many fires happen when someone turns on the appliance, leaves something to cook and leaves the room, or even the house, for an extended period. Turn off the oven if you cannot keep an eye on the item while it is baking, and finish cooking it later.
Ovens are meant to cook food, and using them for other purposes can lead to fires. Never use an oven as a way to heat your home if your furnace is not working, and never dry combustible materials inside it. Do not use it to store flammable items when you are not cooking, and remove other stored items, such as pots, pans, and bakeware, when using the oven. Bake only with pans and other cookware approved for use in an oven.
What You Should Do if You Notice Flames
- Never open the oven door if you see a fire inside. Otherwise, the flames could burn you, ignite your clothing, or spread outside of the appliance.
- Turn off the heat and see if the fire dies out on its own.
- Use a fire extinguisher if the flames spread outside of the oven through the top, sides, or bottom.
- Get out of the house and call the fire department if you do not have an extinguisher or cannot put out the spreading fire yourself.
- Always have a repair person evaluate your oven after a fire, as the oven will likely need repairs or replacement.
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Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.