We all hear the many reminders of fire safety. Check your smoke detector, Change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, have a fire escape plan… All of these things are important measures to help in the event of a fire, but what about ways to prevent a fire?

Preventing household fires is not only important because your home is one of the largest investments you will make, but because keeping your family safe is a huge priority. The best way to do this is to take the proper precautions that help to prevent household fires.

Here's a few fire safety tips to help keep your family and your home investment safe.

Candle and Matches

Household Fire Prevention Tips:

Fire Pit

Preventing Kitchen Grease Fires

One of the key areas to pay attention to when it comes to house fire prevention is your kitchen. Did you know that on average, over 172K house fires a year started in the kitchen?1 Kitchen grease fires can get out of control and escalate quickly if you're not careful.

To prevent a grease fire in your kitchen, follow these tips:

Kitchen Flat Top Stove

Stopping A Grease Fire

It's also important to know how to stop a grease fire if it does start in your kitchen. The steps you can take to stop a grease fire on your stovetop from spreading are as following:

  1. Smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan.

  2. Turn off the heat source immediately.

  3. Leave the pan covered until it's completely cooled.

  4. Do not add water to a grease fire.

Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water.

Cooking Pasta

Using these fire prevention tips will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy homeownership. At HomeFirst®, we offer insurance and home protection advice to give you just that, peace of mind.

Plan Your Fire Escape Route


1 “Home Cooking Fires.” NFPA report - Home cooking fires. Accessed September 13, 2019. https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Home-Cooking-Fires.