Kitchen Safety

More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. However, by following the tips below, you can help make your kitchen a safer place and reduce the chances of cooking fires in your home.

Both gas and electric stoves can cause fires, as can toasters, toaster ovens, and any other electrical appliance that can overheat. Be sure to follow the instructions when using your appliances.

Here are some quick tips to help keep your kitchen a safe place.

  • Look while you cook! Never leave cooking unattended. 
  • Make sure you have a tight-fitting lid for the pot or pan in use on your stovetop. If a fire develops in a pot, DO NOT MOVE THE POT! Doing so may result in serious burns. Instead, gently slide the lid across until it covers the pot. This cuts off the supply of oxygen that is fuelling the fire. Then turn off the burner, eliminating the heat source. 
  • Turn pot handles toward the center of the stove. Serious burns may result if someone bumps into an overhanging handle to a pot or pan. 
  • Use caution when handling hot objects. Use potholders when moving hot objects, instead of rags that could catch fire.
  • Avoid wearing clothes with long, loose-fitting sleeves that may catch fire easily.
  • If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL!
  • Don't store things on top of, in, or around your oven.
  • Keep flammable items such dish towels, paper bags, or cereal boxes, away from your stove.
  • Keep cooking appliances free of food crumbs and scraps.
  • Clean your stove top, oven and toaster regularly to prevent leftover pieces of food from catching on fire.
  • Use caution when cleaning your appliances. Unplug any electrical small appliances and follow the cleaning instructions closely to avoid electrocution.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from water and fire. Try to plug in your appliances and keep electrical cords as far away as possible from water hazards like the sink, or fire hazards such as the stove top.
  • Don't try to put out grease or electrical fires with water. This will only make them worse!
  • Use your stove only as directed.
  • If you have a gas stove and smell gas (beyond a burned-out pilot light), turn off all burners, open windows for better ventilation, evacuate everyone from the residence and call your gas company. For emergency assistance, call 9-1-1.
  • Be cautious when relighting pilot lights; make sure the room is well-ventilated and use long-stemmed matches or lighters.
  • Never use your stove (electric or gas) to heat the room.
Photo of a pot on fire
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