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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

10465 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5


780-496-3628 (voicemail only)


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