Kitchen Safety

Kitchen Safety


  • Prepare your cooking area. 
  • Use Back Burners, or turn pot handles towards the back of the stove.
  • Move things that can burn away from the stove. 
  • Keep a timer handy and use it when you're roasting or baking.
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  • Frying poses the greatest risk of life. 
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. 
  • Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. 
  • If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in the pan, turn the burner off.
  • Even a small amount of oil in a pan can start a fire. 


  • Stay awake and alert while you're cooking.
  • Stand by your pan.
  • If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  • Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.

Burn Prevention

  • Prevent burns when you're cooking.
  • Wear short sleeves, or roll your sleeves up.
  • Don't lean over the burner.
  • Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.

  • Children need constant adult supervision.
  • If you have young children in your home, keep them three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. 
  • Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child's reach. 
  • Never hold a child while you cook.



  • Keep safety in mind when serving.
  • If you burn candles, keep them out of reach of children and away from anything that can burn.
  • Consider using flameless candles that are lit by battery power instead.
  • Food warmers and slow cookers get hot. 
  • Place them towards the back of the serving table so they won't get knocked off.
  • Provide hot pads to prevent burns.
  • Light the chafing dish fuel can after it is placed under the warmer.
  • Make sure nothing comes in contact with the flame.
  • If young children are in your home, supervise them and keep matches ands lighters locked away.

Information thanks to the U.S. Fire Administration.