Slow Cooker Fire Safety Tips

January is National Slow Cooker Month. The slow cooker or otherwise called the crockpot has gained popularity over the years. It has become a common household appliance for many homeowners due to its convenient nature. The slow cooker is the ideal appliance for homeowners with busy lifestyles because it requires little attention. You typically put in all the prepped ingredients, turn to the appropriate setting, and then let it cook for a few hours on its own until it’s ready to eat. While slow cookers are very convenient and simple to use, there are some things you should keep in mind when owning or operating one, especially when it comes to fire safety. Here are some slow cooker fire safety tips to keep in mind when preparing your dinners during national slow cooker month and all year long. 

  • Before using your slow cooker, make sure to inspect the cords every time. If you notice any frayed or broken wires, or notice a burning smell, do not use the slow cooker and dispose of it safely. 
  • When operating your slow cooker, make sure to keep it on a flat and stable surface. 
  • If you receive a hand me down slow cooker or purchase a used one, be cautious. Older models cannot cook correctly, have different settings, and easily malfunction. 
  • Don’t overfill your slow cooker with ingredients. Overfilling it can cause your meal to boil over which can burn your dinner, cause a mess, and potentially start a fire. 
  • Do not use your slow cooker near water and keep the wires away from water as well. 
  • Keep your slow cooker and it’s cord away from countertop edges. This will help to eliminate it being knocked over by any animals or toddlers. 
  • Avoid placing your slow cooker near a wall. The slow cooker should have 6 inches of room around each side of the slow cooker. 
  • Unplug your slow cooker when it is not in use. 
  • Make sure to keep the area around your slow cooker clear of any cloth, plastic, or other flammable materials. 
  • Always make sure your smoke detector in your home is in working order in case there is an emergency. 

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These slow cooker fire safety tips are to be used to decrease the chances of having a fire in your home. However, the chance of a home fire is never completely eliminated.

If you do encounter the unfortunate circumstance of a home fire, Professional Fire Restoration should be the first call you make. We have over 35+ years of experience of turning crisis into calm. We’re here to help you along your path to starting new. Contact us today so we can help clean the fire damage in your home and repair it to what it was or make it even better.