Article from the NFPA Journal - July/August 2013 edition.
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.