Cooking Fire



Accidental fire related injuries consume the lives of many thousand people each year world wide. Many of those accidents could have been avoided if some simple preventative measures had been taken. Please take the time to learn what you can do to protect yourself, your family, your home and your pets from tragedy.

Things You Will Need

A detergent that will clean away grease, such as Palmolive dish detergent.

Always keep the proper fire extinguisher on hand.

Step 1


Emergency prevention begins with educating oneself on how to avoid and prevent an emergency situation before it ever begins. Preventing fire in the kitchen is relatively simple and only requires a few steps. In fact, most kitchen fires can be avoided completely just by paying attention to the stove. While you're cooking make sure that you check the food that you are cooking often. If you are using a gas stove, the flame should be at an appropriate height - meaning high enough to cook your food, but not high enough to burn it!

Step 2


Don't leave cooking oils such as butter, margarine, wax, fat and grease unsupervised. There is a possibility that they could self-ignite if they are overheated. If you are heating one of these oils or a similar oil and they begin to smoke, reduce your heat immediately. Smoke is an obvious sign that they are overheating.

Step 3

Deadly Decor

Keeping items that are likely to catch fire away from the stove is very important. If you have long hair, be sure to pull it back or put it up. Keep loose clothing away from the stove. When cooking, make sure you are dressed in something that won't come in contact with the stove burners. While towels and pot holders are often used to add a decorative touch to your kitchen, they should not be left near the stove while you are cooking. You should; however, keep pot holders and towels nearby. They will prove useful not only to remove heated dishes from the stove, but also in the event that you have a burning pot that must be moved.

Step 4

Children in The Kitchen

Few things are more fascinating to a young child than knobs. And while reaching up and turning knobs on the stove may prove to be fun, it also proves to be extremely dangerous. Teaching children that the kitchen is not an area for play is very, very important. You should make certain they understand the dangers that surround them always. For babies just learning to become mobile using words like, "Ouch!", "Hot", "No!", "Hurt" or "Danger, danger" will provide them the ability to understand touching the stove is not a safe thing for them to do.

Step 5

Regular Cleanings

Stove burners are not the only things that need to be kept clean and grease-free. The fan and filter collect their share of grease too. Once a month the filter should be washed in hot soapy water. I prefer using dish detergent as a cleaner as it seems the most logical choice in removing the greasy residue. A couple times a year, you should also clean the fan and the hood throughly with hot, soapy water. Again, I think dish detergent is the proper choice.

By understanding how to prevent cooking fires and how to react to them if they do occur, you can keep your family and home safe.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember - Prevention is the key! It is the most important step in protecting your home and your loved ones.
  • We function much more efficiently when we are able to stay calm. In the event of the fire, stay calm.

Extreme caution should be used when cooking.