Hot Stuff/Kitchen & Cooking Safety
fires are the #1 cause of home fires and burn injuries
in Hillsboro, in Washington County, in Oregon, and in the
United States. The majority of equipment fires start with
the ignition of common household items, paper or plastic
bags, pot holders, curtains, recipes, etc. Grease fires
when oil is heated to the point of ignition account for
the second leading cause of kitchen fires.
Facts and Figures:
year there over 94,000 home fires associated with cooking equipment,
resulted in 400 deaths, 4,700 injuries and $419.1 million in
direct property damage. Unattended
cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Three
in every 10 reported home fires start in the kitchen - more
than any other place in the home.
leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close
eye on food cooking in the oven.
cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles: potholders,
towels, rags, curtains, packaging and paper.
children and pets away from cooking areas by creating a three-foot
safety zone around the stove.
pot handles inward so they can't be bumped and children can't
short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire,
or tangle with a handle - spilling the hot contents.
use a wet oven mitt; it can scald if the moisture in the mitt
cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lid
or covering from microwaved food carefully to prevent steam
keep a potholder or oven mitt and lid handy. If a small grease
fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames
by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner.
Leave the lid on until both the pan and lid are completely
there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door
closed to prevent it from burning you and your clothing. The
fire will go out because there will not be sufficient oxygen
for the fire to continue burning.
there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug
you have had a kitchen fire, call the Fire Department, (503)
681-6166 to make sure the fire is all the way out! If an electrical
appliance was involved have the appliance serviced before use.