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.