Be Alert! If you are sleepy or you have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.

If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly. Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you when your food is done.

Keep anything that can catch fire-oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains- away from your stovetop.

Keep a 3 foot “Kid Free Zone” in food preparation areas.

The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop.

If you have a small cooking(grease) fire and decide to fight the fire…

On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the lid on until its completely cooled.


For an over fire, turn off the heat and keep door closed.

If you have any doubt about trying to put the fire out, leave the residence and close the doors behind you. This will help contain the fire.

Call 911 immediately from a safe area outside of the home. Evacuate all occupants.