Cooking Safety

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of house fires and house fire injuries. 

  • 44% of reported home fires started in the kitchen 
  • 66% of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials 

Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.  

  • Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment. 
  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. 
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.