Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking fires are the top cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Cooking safety starts with you. Remember and use these tips and fact sheets to stay safe in the kitchen.

Kitchen and Cooking Safety Tips

  • Never leave the kitchen while actively cooking. If you must leave, turn off the burner or stove.
  • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove to avoid accidental burns
  • Always keep a lid nearby in case of a grease fire.
  • Never use water on a grease fire.
  • If a small grease fire starts, slide a cooking lid over the pan and turn off the burner. If a pot catches on fire, do not move it. It can cause a fire to spread.
  • Do not cook if you feel tired or have consumed alcohol.
  • Keep flammable objects such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, packaging, towels, and more away from cooking surfaces.
  • If an oven catches on fire, do not open the oven. Turn off the oven instead.
  • Use child safety latches on cabinets and drawers.
  • Store a fire extinguisher away from cooking appliances or areas where grease could splatter.



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