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Tips for Safe Cooking

Cooking can bring family and friends together, provide an outlet for creativity, and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? The Garland Fire Department wants everyone to stay safe in the kitchen to prevent these fires in the home.

Always remember to cook with caution:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from your stovetop.

The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking, and most cooking fires in the home also involve the stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire:

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

Cooking and Kids

  • Remember to have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.


By enforcing these safe cooking tips, you can reduce the chances of fire damage and injury in your home. See more fire safety information at NFPA.org/education.