Stand by Your Pan: Cook safely to prevent kitchen fires

A kitchen pan fire. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

This post originally appeared at On Safety, the official blog of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Here’s what happens when you try to put out the fire with water - the pan fire explodes! Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Here’s what happens when you try to put out the fire with water – the pan fire explodes! Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day.

Stand by your pan. In the event of a fire:
 

  • Cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames.
  • Turn off the stove.
  • Call 911.
  • Do NOT use water or flour on the fire. They can make the fire worse.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby and use it if necessary.

Similarly, a turkey fryer can go from start to fire in less than a minute.
 

  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
  • Always use the fryer outside and away from your home.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil.
  • Don’t put a frozen turkey in hot oil.

 


 

For more fire safety tips, visit CPSC’s Fire Safety Information Center.

The original blog post is also available in Spanish.

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