More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in your home. Follow our prevention tips to keep your kitchen safe.
Watch What You’re Cooking
- Do not leave the kitchen while you are cooking.
- If you have to leave the kitchen, turn the stove off or take something like a spoon or oven mitt as reminder you have food on the stove.
- Never cook if you are sleepy, intoxicated or heavily medicated.
- Turn all pot handles inward. Small children can bump into them spilling hot substances and causing someone to be burned.
Clear Your Cooking Surface
- Keep stovetops clean and clear. Keep all appliances free of grease buildup. Move items like oven mitts away from heat sources.
- Keep children away from appliances when cooking. If older children are allowed to cook, teach them safe cooking practices and watch them carefully.
- If small children are in the house, consider using the back burners of the stove.
- Keep pets away from the stove.
- Wear short or tight fitting sleeves while cooking. Use caution when reaching over the stove for other items.
- Do not store flammable items above or behind the stove.
If a Cooking Fire Starts
- If in doubt, get out and call 911.
- Put a lid on it. If a pan catches fire, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the stove burner. Leave the lid on until it is completely cool.
- NEVER put water on a grease fire. It will explode.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen.
- In case of an oven or microwave fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out.
- Stop, drop, and roll. If your clothes catch fire, smother them on the kitchen floor before getting out of the house.
- After a fire, check and service both ovens and microwaves before you use them again.
General Safety Tips
- Remember that steam escaping from a pan or container can cause severe burns.
- Never put metallic materials in the microwave as the resulting sparks can cause a fire.
- Keep emergency numbers where they are easy to read.