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Cooking Safety

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and a major cause of fatalities. Follow these safety tips to reduce your risk of fire.

  • Stay alert when cooking. Cooking late at night poses a chance that you will fall asleep while cooking, especially if you have consumed alcohol.
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. In only a few minutes, oil can overheat and burst into flames.
  • Only use a thermostatically-controlled deep fat fryer for cooking with oil. Never heat oil or shortening for deep frying in a pot on a burner.
  • Keep the area around your stove free from items that could catch fire easily; paper towels, oven mitts, pot holders, or curtains.
  • Loose clothing is a serious burn hazard when working around a stove.
  • In an emergency, turn off the heat, close the oven door and keep it closed, use a lid or cookie sheet to smother a fire in a pot. Don't try to remove the pot from the stove.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy and learn how to use it.
  • If the fire doesn't go out right away, leave the house and call the fire department from a neighbour's house. 

Consult the National Fire Prevention Association for more cooking safety tips: