Cooking Fire Facts

Graphic of fryng pan fire putting a lid on it
  • Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • In 2015, there were 10,247 residential fires involving cooking. These incidents resulted in four civilian deaths, 80 civilian injuries, 30 firefighter injuries and an estimated $10 million in property damage.

Protect Your Home From Cooking Fires

  • For a detailed guide to protecting your home from cooking fires, read the Department or Fire Services pamphlet on Cooking Fire Safety. English pdf format of cooking_safety.pdf
 Spanish pdf format of Cooking and Fire Safety - Spanish
 Portuguese pdf format of Cooking and Fire Safety - Portuguese
  • General Burn Safety pdf format of General Burn Safety 
An easy to read pamphlet from the Department of Fire Services for use in local burn awareness education campaigns. Adapted with permission from the Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire pdf format of Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire 
 A flyer on preventing the leading burn problem - scald burns to children under age 5.

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 spots feature three fire house chefs and their favorite recipes. Contact the Department of Fire Services for the radio PSAs.            

Watch these Cooking Fire Safety TV Public Service Announcements:

Download these terrific recipes:

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.