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Cooking Safety



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.


  • 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.