Cooking #1 Cause of Home Fires and Injuries
In 2013, there were 9,946 residential fires involving cooking. These incidents resulted in six civilian deaths, 66 civilian injuries, 26 firefighter injuries and an estimated $9.8 million in property damage.
Cooking Fire Safety Campaign
The Department of Fire Services has a statewide cooking fire safety public awareness campaign. The two main messages are Stand By Your Pan and Put A Lid On It to safely extinguish stove top fires. The television and radio public service announcements will run again this spring and feature local celebrity chef Ming Tsai. He owns a famous Wellesley restaurant and hosts his own television cooking show.
For campaign materials, look at our Cooking Fire Safety Tool Kit.
Cooking Safety Tips
- Put a lid on a grease fire to smother it, and then turn off the heat. Baking soda will also work.
- Never move a burning pan. You can be badly burned and/or spread the fire.
- Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire and the force of the extinguisher can splash flaming grease out of the pan.
- Stand by your pan. Don't leave food, grease or oils cooking on the stovetop unattended.
- Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. Loose fitting clothing can easily catch fire.
- If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP & ROLL to put out the flames. Put burns in cool running water. Call 9-1-1 for help.
- Keep pot handles turned inward to prevent accidental spills of hot contents.
- Create a three-foot "child-free zone" around the stove. Keep children and pets away from the stove while cooking to prevent burns and scalds.
- Cool a Burn under cool running water for 10-15 minutes and call 9-1-1 or seek medical attention for serious burns.