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Kitchen Safety
COOKING FIRES ARE THE #1 CAUSE OF HOME FIRES IN OREGON.
 
Stay Alert
·         Watch what you heat. Pot.jpg
·         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

Other Resources

FEMA Cooking Safety

International Association of Fire Chiefs Stovetop Fires Report

NFPA Cooking Safety

NFPA Safe Cooking Tips