Fire Prevention

  1. Cooking Safety Tips
  2. Guide to Safe Outdoor Burning
  3. Safe Space Heating
  4. Sky Lanterns
  5. Smoke Alarms / Home Safety

Things to Remember

  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves while cooking.
  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Turn off the appliance and call 911 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire to extinguish it.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven, fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

View the Fire Prevention and Safety Tips (PDF).