Fire scares me. I’m not sure why. I’ve never had any problem with fire but I don’t like fireplaces or candles. The only time I ever use candles is if the power’s out. However, I do cook with fire. For someone with such an aversion to fire you’d think I’d want an electric stove but my fuel of choice is gas.
I haven’t ever had a fire in my kitchen, thank goodness. I’ve had a few close calls. Like the time I sprayed the pan with Pam after I turned on the burner. Let’s just say that’s not a good idea. You want to spray the pan before you turn on the heat. Another time, on a particularly bad Thanksgiving, I let the stuffing liquid boil over and the little bits of spices caught fire. It wasn’t a big deal, though. And once I almost caught my clothes on fire because a loose strap got close to the flame.
That being said, I do worry about kitchen fires and it occurred to me that I really don’t know for sure what to do in the event of a fire. I’ve heard bits and pieces but never really cemented the procedures in my mind. So rather than wing it or try to figure out if a fire ever occurs, I thought a chart might be a good thing to have taped to the inside of my cabinet.
So I did my research and created a chart so that in the event of an emergency I only have to remember to open the cabinet door and look at the chart. If you’d like to print out my chart, it’s available for download at the bottom of this article.
That being said, I would like to stress that only small fires should be tackled. Anything bigger should be left for the professionals. Don’t hesitate to call 911.