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Cooking fire and burn safety

Learn to prevent fires and burns when cooking.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Learn to protect your home and family from cooking fires and burns. 

Cooking safety tips

  • Cover a pan or grease fire with a lid and turn off the heat. Baking soda also works.
  • Don't move a burning pan. 
  • Don't use water or a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. 
  • Stand by your pan. Don't leave food, grease or oils cooking on the stove top unattended.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. 
  • Keep pot handles turned inward to prevent spills.
  • Create a three-foot child-free zone around the stove. Keep pets away also.
  • Keep combustible items like pot holders, towels, and paper or plastic bags away from burners.
  • Don’t put metal in a microwave. Utensils, aluminum foil or twist-tie wraps can cause a fire.
  • Use caution with microwaved food and liquid. They can become very hot. 
  • Unplug appliances like toasters and coffee makers when not in use.
  • Don’t use the oven for storage.

If a fire begins:

  • If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP & ROLL to put out the flames. Put burns in cool running water for 10-15 minutes. Call 9-1-1 for help.
  • For fires inside an oven or microwave, keep the door closed, turn off the appliance, and call the fire department.

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