Fire Prevention

Cooking Safely at Home

Keep Your Family & House Safe

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be realxing. Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.

Cook with Caution

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the ktichen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, aprons, etc... - away from the stovetop
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    Cooking & Kids

  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared
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    Grease Fires

    If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire:
  • On the stovetop, smother the fmales by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled
  • For an over fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed
  • If you have any doubt about figting a small fire:
  • Just get out! When you lave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home