Town of Canmore

Kitchen and Cooking Fire Safety

Kitchen fires and cooking are the leading cause of injury in the home. Some important safety tips for preventing kitchen fires are cooking injuries are:

  • Never leave cooking unattended, stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food
  • If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove and remove the pot from the burner
  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan
  • Never hold a child while you are cooking or carrying hot foods or liquids
  • To prevent overheating and ignition of cooking oil, fry foods in a temperature controlled deep-fat fryer or skillet designed for a maximum temperature of 200 °C
  • Make sure to use dry oven mitts and potholders to prevent scalding or burns
  • Use the stove’s back burners whenever possible and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk of pots being knocked over
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items that can burn, away from your stovetop
  • Remember not to store combustible or flammable items in the bottom drawer of the oven
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed
  • Clean food and grease from the oven and stovetop once it has cooled
  • Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven
  • If a fire starts in the microwave oven, leave the door closed, turn it off, and unplug it from the wall. 
    Get out and call 9-1-1

Home Escape Plan - Fires occur most often at home. Take precautions to protect yourself an have a home escape plan. 

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