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Cooking Safety Tips from Whitewater Township FIRE/EMS

Cooking Safety Tips


Watch What You Heat:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food.

  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer as a reminder.


Keep Things That Can Catch Fire Away from a Heat Source:

  • Keep oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, and curtains –away from your stovetop.

  • Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean. Clean up spilled food and grease from burners and stove top.

  • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeve when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and can catch fire it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.


Keep Children and Pets Away from the Cooking Area:

  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

  • Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.

  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.


Prevent Home Kitchen Fires by:

  • Staying Alert. You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicines or drugs that make you drowsy.

  • Heat cooking oil slowly to avoid burns from spattering grease.

  • Make sure you turn off the stove or oven when you are finished using it.

  • Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

  • Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house. Make sure all appliances are turned off.


Be Prepared for a Fire:

  • Keep an ABC multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Water and grease are a dangerous combination and could cause hot greases to splatter.

  • If you are cooking and a fire starts, turn off the stove or burner and put a lid on the pan to stop it.

  • Never throw water on a grease fire.

  • Have a working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire.

  • Prepare an escape plan and practice it twice a year. Have a common meeting place for everyone to gather. Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two (2) escape routes from their bedrooms.

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