Kitchen fire safety tips from the Fayetteville Fire Department

Due to the recent burn incidents the Fayetteville Fire Marshal’s Office wants to remind citizens to prevent burn injuries to follow these steps when cooking.

Stay in the kitchen – when frying, grilling, or broiling food.
– Turn off stove if leaving the room even for a short period

If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food:
– check regularly
– remain in home
– use a timer to remind you something is cooking

Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.

Keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when you are cooking.

Provide a “Kid-free zone” of a least 3 feet around the stove and area where hot food is prepared or carried

Never cook when under the influence of alcohol, drugs, medication, or sleepy

If a grease fire occurs in a pan – Do the following:

  • Put on a mitt
  • Grab lid
  • Place lid on pan
  • Turn off burner
  • Let pan completely cool before moving or touching

In case of an oven fire – Do the following:

  • Turn off heat
  • Keep door closed
  • Service before being used again

If you do not feel comfortable in putting the fire out, evacuate everyone from the house and call 9-1-1, outside the home.

If you have questions about this information, please contact:
Sue Butler, Fire & Life Safety Specialist, Fayetteville Fire Department,
479-718-7607 or e-mail: [email protected]