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Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.

Most destructive fires start in the kitchen. A significant number of these fires are the result of overheated cooking oil in deep fat fryers or pans heated directly on kitchen stoves.

Putting Out Cooking Oil Fires

  • Turn off the heat and put a lid on the pot or pan to smother the fire
  • Never try to carry a pan of burning oil outside
  • Never throw water onto a cooking oil fire
  • Do not pour burning oil into the sink

Putting Out Oven Fires

  • Turn off the heat
  • Close the oven door and keep it closed
  • Use a fire extinguisher if necessary

Keep Fire Out of Your Kitchen

  • Combustibles: Keep items such as curtains, dishcloths, paper towels, pot holders and cardboard containers well away from heat sources.
  • Children: Keep matches out of reach of children and turn pot handles inwards so they cannot be pulled down.
  • Cleanliness: Keep the hood, filter, fan, and duct above the stove clean. Grease buildup is a fire hazard.
  • Electricity: Keep your electrical appliances in good working order. Don't overload outlets. Replace frayed cords immediately, they are a fire hazard.
  • Storage: Children and adults may be burned while reaching for things stored above or behind the stove.
  • Cooking:  Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
  • Clothes: Wear clothing with short or tight sleeves when cooking. Loose fitting garments are more likely to contact hot surfaces or flames and ignite.
  • Fire Extinguisher:  Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Please note: If you are unable to put out the fire safely, please evacuate the area. Once you are safely outside, call 911 for help.

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)


780-496-3628 (voicemail only)


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