FIRE SAFETY IN THE KITCHEN
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and fire-related injuries in the home.* Whether you're preparing a meal or making a quick snack, practicing safe cooking in the kitchen can help keep members of your household safe.
PRACTICE SAFE COOKING
- Never leave your stove unattended while cooking. Stay in the kitchen while you're frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. If you have to leave the room—even for just a moment—turn off the stove.
- Keep your cooking area free of combustible materials. Keep anything that can catch fire, such as food packaging, oven mitts and towels, away from your stovetop.
- Create a kid-free zone. Create a space of at least three feet around your stove and other areas where hot food is prepared.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This way, they can’t be bumped into and children can’t grab them.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you have the correct type of extinguisher and know how to properly use it.
- Keep cooking equipment clean. Crumbs in a toaster, built-up grease on the stovetop, and excess dust behind your appliances are fire hazards.
- Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
- Never throw hot grease in the garbage. Let grease cool before disposing of it in the garbage. Never pour grease or oil down the drain.
- Avoid using kitchen appliances if you're sleepy or have consumed alcohol.