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Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

Stove Fires

Keep pot handles turned towards the back of the stove and never leave food cooking unattended. Avoid loose clothing as it can brush heating elements and easily catch fire. If a grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid over the pan. You can also pour baking soda on the flames. Never pour water on a grease fire. Only use a fire extinguisher approved for kitchen use.

Oven Fires

Keep your oven clean because built-up grease and food particles are easily ignited. Keep things that can catch fire easily (i.e. dish towels, newspapers, grocery bags) away from the oven and all appliances. Should an oven fire start, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.

Microwave Fires

Microwave ovens are fairly safe appliances but if you accidentally place a twist-tie or other piece of metal inside, 'fire' may occur. Ensure your microwave is in good working condition and always follow the cooking instructions. In case of a fire, unplug the appliance and do not open the microwave door until the flames are out. Make sure to have the microwave serviced before you use it again.