Fire Prevention Week Tips: Cooking Safely

Fire prevention week - safe cooking

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” is so important. It reminds homeowners that cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

Here’s this year’s key Fire Prevention Week campaign messages:

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
  • Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Hot liquids from coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries.

The NFPA has developed a series of Sparky video clips that reinforce important safe cooking messages. This video is intended to convey safety messages in a lighthearted, entertaining way. It is not intended for children. (Adults should play an important role in reinforcing safety messages for children.)


Use These 4 Safe Cooking Practices from

  1. STAY focused on the food. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn the burner off even if you are leaving the kitchen for a brief amount of time.
  2. PUT a lid on it. You can take simple steps to keep a small kitchen fire from getting out of control. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.
  3. KEEP cooking areas clear. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  4. PREVENT scalds and burns. Don’t forget that hot liquids and steam from cooking foods can cause devastating injuries. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. Keep your face away form the oven door when checking or removing food so that the heat or steam does not cause burns.

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