In Ontario, unsafe cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. Cooking fires rank first in the number of injuries and second in the number of fire fatalities.
Most kitchen fires are preventable. To prevent a kitchen fire in your home, here are some safety tips:
- Remain in the kitchen when you are cooking
- Never leave the oven or stove burners unattended when you are cooking.
- Always turn off the oven and stove burners when you are finished cooking.
- Keep electrical cooking appliances unplugged when not in use (e.g. toaster, kettle).
- Keep a proper-fitting pot lid near the stove when cooking, and have a portable fire extinguisher close by. See the tips at right for putting out a kitchen fire.
- Do not wear long sleeves or loose clothing while cooking
- Long sleeves and loose fitting clothing could catch fire if they come into contact with oven or stove top burners.
- Individuals who have long hair should tie it back.
- Be alert when cooking
- Avoid cooking when you are tired and when you are under the influence of alcohol or medications.
- Keep combustibles away from the stove
- Combustible materials such as dish towels, paper towels and other paper products (e.g. recipe books, cardboard food boxes) are to be kept a safe distance away from the stove and oven.
- Turn pot handles in
- Pot handles that stick out away from the stove can easily bumped or grabbed by a small child. To prevent burns and stove-top fires, turn pot handles toward the back of the stove when cooking.
- Whenever possible, use the rear burners.
- Ensure cooking surfaces are kept clean
- Clean up spills and grease on cooking surfaces promptly.
- Electrical safety
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many appliances.
- Carefully examine electrical cords and discard any that are frayed, cracked or damaged.
- To prevent personal injury, ensure that electrical cords that are in use are kept out of the reach of children.