1.) Stay in the kitchen when you fry, boil, grill or broil food.

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


3.) Have a 3-foot safety zone around stoves and grills.


4.) Never hold a child while you are cooking or carrying hot liquids.


5.) Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth.

Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays, or other home remedies. Get medical help right away by calling 911 or the fire department.


6.) Keep anything that can catch fire — paper towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains — away from your stovetop.


7.) Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Always keep a lid nearby when you cook. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, slide the pan lid over the pan.

Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan has cooled.


8.) Plug microwave ovens or other cooking appliances directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance.

Check electrical cords for cracks, breaks or damage.


9.) If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately. Never open the door until the fire is out.


10.) If you have a fire in your oven, turn it off. Let the contents cool before cleaning.


11.) If you have a fire in your oven and the flames escape the oven, leave your home and call 911.


12.) Clean cooking equipment after each use. Crumbs in a toaster or grease on the stove can catch on fire.