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Kitchen Fire Safety

Odds are, you will have a kitchen fire! They are the most common fire in America today. One in eight homes have a kitchen fire every year.

Here are some tips to help you prevent a fire in your kitchen and instructions on what to do if you have a fire.



Stand By Your Pan

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Stay in the kitchen while cooking or turn off the stove if leaving the kitchen, even for a short time. Use a timer to remind you to check on items that are cooking. Never cook when you are tired or drowsy from medications, alcohol or drug use.

Create a Kid Free Zone

Keep kids out of the kitchen or at least create a 3 foot zone around hot items in the kitchen that children are to stay out of.

Don’t Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Wear short sleeves or roll them up or wear snug fitting clothing while cooking. Remember: Stop, Drop and Roll if your clothing does catch on fire.

Turn Pot Handles In

Place objects so that they can not be easily spilled or pulled down. Turn pot handles away from the stove edge. Don’t let appliance cords hang down where they could become accidentally snagged or a child could grab them.

Keep Combustibles Away From Cooking

This includes items on the stove or counter like paper towels, bags and packaging, oven mitts, dish towels, curtains, wooden and plastic utensils, containers and dishes. Don’t use the interior of the oven or microwave as a storage area for combustibles.

Cool A Burn

If you do sustain a burn, cool it under cool tap water for 3 to 5 minutes. If it is severe, seek medical treatment immediately. Never apply butter to a burn.

Stove-Top Pan Fires

Place the pan lid on a pan that is on fire. You could also place a skillet or a cookie sheet on top of the pan. This eliminates the oxygen and the fire will go out immediately. Next turn off the heat. Do not remove the lid or cover until the pan has cooled as this will allow oxygen to reignite the fire. Also, do not attempt to move the pan until it has cooled. Call the fire department to check the appliance and assist in removing smoke.  Oil & Water Don’t Mix Video Clip
If the fire has spread beyond the pan, get everyone out of the house and call the fire department.

Oven and Microwave Fires

Turn off the appliance. Do not open the door. The fire will self extinguish without any added oxygen. Unplug the appliance. Call the fire department to check the appliance and assist in removing smoke. Have the appliance checked and serviced before re-use.

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

Properly installed smoke alarms will provide early warning of a fire. See the smoke alarm guide located within this website.

Watch The Video

Watch this kitchen fire safety video originally aired by the Today Show on NBC.

Download the brochures here: Kitchen Fire Safety Brochure (397 downloads)
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