Cooking fires are the leading cause of fire related injury in the United States. In face, nearly 480 people die every year from kitchen fires.
Step 3: Keep Your Kitchen Safe
Cook With Caution
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove-top.
- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stove-top.
If You Have a Cooking Fire
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Source: National Fire Protection Association