Cooking Safety

Every year 13,000 people are injured in home fires, and with cooking being one of the leading causes of these fires it is important to remember safety when your are in the kitchen.

  • If you have a cooking fire, just get out!
    When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 immediately after you leave.
  • If you are frying, grilling or broiling food do not leave the kitchen
  • Wear short sleeves, or push up your shirt sleeves, to prevent clothing fires
  • Establish a three-foot child-free safety zone around any cooking appliances.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop, and turn it off when you leave the kitchen, even if it’s for a short period of time.
  • Use a timer when simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food and check it often.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Slide the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you have a grease fire do not use water! Place a lid over the fire to help extinguish it.
Additional Resources

U.S. Fire Administration Safe Cooking Safety Tips

National Fire Protection Association Cooking Safety Tips