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.
Fire Safety In The Kitchen

General Safety Tips

  • 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?

  • Smother the fire by sliding a lid or cookie sheet over the flames and turn the heat source off.
  • 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.