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Cooking Fires

Cooking is the #1 Cause of House Fires

Don’t let your celebration turn into tragedy. Here are a few important reminders:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. Too many fires are caused by falling asleep or getting distracted.
  • Stay home when cooking. Don’t put the turkey in the oven and leave to run errands. Check on it frequently.
  • Warn kids about kitchen dangers and keep them 3 feet away from the stove. Also keep candles, matches and lighters out of reach.
  • Watch your step. Objects on the floor or a slippery surface from spills could make you trip while carrying hot food or liquids.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off counters where kids or pets could reach them.
  • Be careful: Steam and splashes can cause serious burns.
  • Have activities available (puzzles, games, books) to keep kids busy away from the kitchen.
  • Check your smoke alarms. Push the test button, change batteries yearly or sooner if needed, and replace the entire alarm within 10 years of the manufacturer date. Make sure all smoke alarms are working properly.


Stovetop Fire Extinguishers are an excellent tool in cooking fire safety. They are available at onlineĀ retailers (Amazon). These magnetic cans simply stick to your range hood and if a flame reached the can, it automatically releases a non-toxic dry powder that is easily cleaned with a rag or vacuum.

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