Fire Safety in the Kitchen


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Kitchen fires are a leading cause of property damage and personal injury. By following a few safety tips you can prevent most cooking fire incidents.
  • Never leave the kitchen unattended when frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • Use a timer when simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food and check the kitchen regularly.
  • Always turn the oven and burners off when finished cooking.
  • Stay alert and avoid cooking when under the influence of medications or alcohol.
  • Prevent burns and stove top fires by turning pot handles toward the back of the stove and use the rear burners when children are in the kitchen.
  • Keep all cooking appliances clean and free of spills and grease that may catch fire.
  • Keep all combustibles including oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, pot holders and curtains away from hot surfaces.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many kitchen appliances and ensure electrical cords are not frayed, cracked or damaged.
  • Be sure to test smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a class ABC general purpose fire extinguisher in the kitchen or pantry for emergency use, and inspect it monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
What to do if you have a kitchen fire?
  1. Smother the fire by sliding a lid or cookie sheet over the flames and turn the heat source off.
  2. If the flames do not go out, leave your home immediately and call 911 or your local emergency number.
If the fire is small and confined and you choose to fight the fire, ensure all other occupants leave and have a clear way out. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until completely cooled.
Fire Safety in the Kitchen