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December 2022

Stop kitchen fires, protect your home


Woman noticing pot catching on fire.

Most home fires start in kitchens.

Learn about preventing and putting out fires:

  • Don’t walk away while food is cooking. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the burner.
  • If something catches fire on your stove, cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat and don’t open the door.
  • Never pour flour or water on a cooking fire.
  • If you have any doubt about fighting a fire, just don’t. Get away by going outdoors. When you leave, close doors behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 from outside.
Have a question about insurance? Call the Texas Department of Insurance at 800-252-3439 or visit