Cooking safety

Cooking safety

Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Calgary. Practice safe habits in your kitchen that will prevent fires and injury.

Stovetop safety tips


  • Never leave cooking unattended, stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove and remove the pot from the burner.
  • Make sure to use dry oven mitts and potholders to prevent scalding or burns.
  • Use the stove’s back burners whenever possible and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk of pots being knocked over.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items that can burn away from your stovetop.
  • Clean food and grease from the oven and stovetop once it has cooled.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan.

Oven safety tips


  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.
  • Remember not to store combustible or flammable items in the bottom drawer of the oven. 

Child & pet safety


  • Never hold a child or pet while you are cooking or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Keep children and pets at least one metre away from the stove.
  • Place hot foods and liquids in the centre of the table or towards the back of a counter and out of the reach of young children.

Grease safety


  • To prevent overheating and ignition of cooking oil, fry foods in a temperature-controlled deep-fat fryer or skillet designed for a maximum temperature of 200 °C.
  • Clean food and grease from the oven and stovetop once it has cooled.’
  • In case of a cooking oil fire:
    • Do not move the pot or pan or throw water on the flames. 
    • Using a lid with oven mitt, simply slide a tight fitting lid over the pot or pan to smother the flames.
    • Turn off the heat and exhaust fan.

Microwave safety tips


  • Plug the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet; do not use an extension cord.
  • Use only microwave oven-safe food containers or dishes.
  • Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven.
  • Food heats unevenly in a microwave oven and can be too hot to eat. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • Slowly open food that has been heated up in a microwave oven-safe container away from the face. Hot steam can cause burns.
  • If a fire starts in the microwave oven, leave the door closed, turn it off and unplug it from the wall. Get out and call 911. 
  • Make sure you have the microwave serviced before using it again.

If your clothes catch on fire


You should know what to do if your clothes catch on fire. By learning and practicing the Stop, Drop and Roll method, you will know what to do.

  • STOP immediately! Do not run or attempt to remove your clothing.
  • DROP to the ground as quickly and safely as possible.
  • ROLL on the ground so that the flames are smothered completely. While rolling, cover your face with your hands.

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