Firefighters urge key steps to prevent kitchen fires

Firefighters urge key steps to prevent kitchen fires

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Fires resulting from cooking are the most common type of fire in households across the country, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Experts say the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

The Charleston Fire Department offers these important tips for cooking safety:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking food. Never leave cooking food unattended. If you are cooking with oil, heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying. Cooking fires are the number one cause of structure fires in the United States.
  • Never attempt to move a burning pan or carry it out of the house. If you can do so safely, slide a properly fitted lid onto the pan to smother the flames. Turn the control knob to the “off” position.
  • Never throw water on oil or grease fires. Water will react violently with a grease fire and will spread the burning grease.
  • Attempt to use a fire extinguisher only if it is safe to do so. Baking soda can provide a safe alternative for a small fire.
  • If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, just get out! Get everyone out, close the door behind you, and call 911.
  • Always maintain working smoke alarms in your home – this will improve safety of occupants in a structure by alerting them to a possible fire.

For more safety tips, visit the City of Charleston's page on cooking safety here.

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