Cook With Caution

Watch what you heat! Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires.

Follow these kitchen tips to help you cook safely:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Never leave what you are cooking unattended.
  • If you are distracted or need to leave, turn off your cooking appliance.
  • If a pot catches fire, and it is safe to do so, slide the lid over the pot to smother the flames and turn off the stove.
  • If you have a fire in the oven, turn it off and keep the door closed.
  • Keep items such as cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.
  • Loose fitting clothing can come in contact with the burners and catch fire. Wear tight sleeves or roll them up when cooking. If your clothing catches fire, stop, drop to the ground and roll over and over to put out the fire.
  • Sipping and savouring are the keys to drinking responsibly when cooking. Lend a helping hand or keep a close eye on anyone who is impaired and attempts to cook.
  • Keep a one-metre “kid-free zone” around your appliances when cooking.
  • Turn pot and pan handles inward, out of a child’s reach.
  • Make sure electrical cords are not dangling from countertops, where they could be pulled over.
  • Make sure an adult is present with young children in the kitchen.
  • Avoid the use of appliances with timers such as slow cookers or ovens when no one is home or asleep.
  • It is recommended that you keep a properly maintained ABC extinguisher in an easily accessible location in your kitchen.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately from a safe place outside your home if you cannot extinguish the fire.
  • Minor burns can be treated by running cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.

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