Tips for Reducing Fire Risk While Cooking

Home Care Services in Essex Fells NJ: Tips for Reducing Fire Risk While Cooking

Home Care Services in Essex Fells NJ: Tips for Reducing Fire Risk While Cooking

The majority of residential fires are caused by cooking. As a family caregiver, you know how beneficial it is for your senior to prepare meals and eat a healthy diet. It is important, however, to make sure they are making safe choices and effectively managing their fire risk while cooking to protect their home and themselves from serious damage. Fortunately, some simple changes to the kitchen itself, as well as to how your parent cooks, can make reducing this risk easy.

Use these tips to reduce fire risk while cooking:

  • Do not keep any flammable items on or near the stovetop. Remember it is possible for the stove to spontaneously heat due to an electrical short, or for your parent to accidentally turn on the wrong burner. A flammable item such as an oven mitt or towel could ignite, quickly leading to a fire.
  • Most fires start when cooking on the stovetop, not in the oven. One of the most frequent causes of such fires is grease overheating and bursting into flame. If this happens, your senior should not throw water on it. This will splash the hot grease and spread the flames. Instead, they should use a fire extinguisher, put the lid on the pan, or suffocate the flames with salt or baking soda.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher easily accessible in the kitchen, and make sure your parent knows how to use it.
  • Discourage your parent from leaving the room if they have food cooking on the stove.
  • Set alarms to remind your parent when food is in the oven.
  • Clean out the crumbs in the toaster.
  • If your senior’s microwave is not built in to their kitchen, make sure it is placed somewhere where the vents are not covered, and there is nothing flammable close by.

Getting the proper nutrition is often challenging for an aging adult. Fortunately, home care can help. An in-home senior care services provider can help your aging parent eat a healthier diet on a regular basis by addressing a variety of issues that often lead to poor nutrition. This can include transportation to the grocery store so your senior can stock their kitchen with healthy food, meal and snack preparation, encouragement to choose healthy food options, reminders of dietary guidelines instructed by their doctor, and physical assistance with eating. They can also give your senior a mental emotional boost by cooking with them, which simulates cognitive functioning.

For home care services in Essex Fells, NJ, call ComForCare Home Care at 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.
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