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Cooking Fire Safety

Families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors. Whether you are cooking the family holiday dinner or a snack for children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe.

To learn how to prevent a cooking fire in your home and how to keep members of your household safe in case of fire, read the home fire safety information provided below.
Cooking remains a leading cause of residential fires and fire casualties.
Here are some cooking fire safety tips:
  • Keep an eye on what you’re cooking- don’t leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep your cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (potholders, food packaging, towels, etc.) and wipe up surface spills.
  • Create a three-foot kid and pet free zone around the stove.
  • Older children should only cook with permission and under the supervision of an adult.
  • Have a lid or cookie sheet within reach while cooking (to smother flames) in case of a fire.
Safety tips for if a cooking fire does start:
  • Put a lid on it! Slide a lid over the pan (from the side) and then turn off the burner.
  • Don’t move the pan until the fire is completely extinguished and cooled, and don’t try to transfer the pan to the sink.
If you cannot extinguish the fire:
  • Get you and your family safely out of the house.
  • If you can, close doors as you are escaping, to help contain the fire.
  • Call 911 from a safe place (outside).

 
 

Contact

Fire and Life Safety
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: 503-934-8228
osfm.ce@state.or.us

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