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Prevent kitchen fires with our cooking safety tips


Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The State Fire Marshal Office investigates several fires a year caused by cooking.

Follow these tips to stay safe

  • Stay in the kitchen while you use the stovetop. If you leave for even a short time, turn off the burner.
  • If you are baking or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer.
  • Don’t leave home if the stove or oven is on.
  • Watch out for loose sleeves near an open flame.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wood utensils, food packaging, or dish towels – away from your stovetop.
  • Keep a lid handy to smother a fire.

If you have a cooking fire

  • If a pan catches on fire, cover it with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • Never use flour or water to put out a pan fire.
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until the fire is out.
  • If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, don’t. Get out! When you leave, close doors behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.



Questions? Call us at 800-252-3439.

Last updated: 1/30/2024