COOKING FIRES ARE THE #1 CAUSE OF HOME FIRES IN OREGON.
· Watch what you heat.
· The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
· Always use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
· Stay in the kitchen when you are using the stove top. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
· Only use your oven to bake or broil while you are home. Turn off the oven if you leave the house.
· Never place any item on the stovetop that you do not intend to cook, even when off.
· Only use the self-clean function on your oven while you are home.
· Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
Keep Kids And Pets Away From The Cooking Area
· Have a “kid-free zone” when cooking.
Keep Things That Can Catch Fire Away From Heat Sources
· Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
· Keep your cooking area clean; including stovetop, burners, and oven.
· Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
· Do not use the stovetop as a countertop.
What To Do If You Have A Cooking Fire
· Always keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and do not move the pan until it is completely cool.
· Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
· Never discharge a multipurpose fire extinguisher onto a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
· In the event of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed.
· When in doubt, get out! Close the door behind you when you leave to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
Cooking Safety Rack Card
FEMA Cooking Safety
International Association of Fire Chiefs Stovetop Fires Report
NFPA Cooking Safety
NFPA Safe Cooking Tips