Cooking fires

A kitchen fire.

Cooking fires do happen. Every year cooking fires are one of the top causes of residential fires. Here are some tips to help you prevent fires while you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts.

  • Keep an eye on what you’re cooking.
  • Make sure you set a timer to alert you that food is done.
  • Don’t cook if you are tired or intoxicated: you might fall asleep.
  • If a grease fire starts on the stove, stay calm.
    • The fire is contained within the pan.
    • Put a lid on it. Always keep the appropriate-sized lid near the stove if not in use. The easiest way to extinguish a grease fire is to put a lid on it. By doing so, the fire will use up the remaining oxygen in the pan and extinguish itself. Slide the lid over the pan, turn the burner off, and remove from hot burner but be careful not to spill the hot grease.
    • Never use water because the grease floats.
  • If there is a fire in a microwave or oven, keep the door closed. The fire will stay contained until the fire department arrives.