Whether preparing a meal for your family or a football feast for guests, keep yourself safe! 

Make sure your home isn’t one of them with these safety tips:

  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, aprons and food packages – away from your stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • If you have little ones at home, establish a “kid-free zone” of a least three feet around the stove.
  • In the event of an oven grease fire, immediately turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working.
  • If you have any doubt about extinguishing a fire – leave your home immediately and call 9-1-1.

home fires per year related to cooking and food preparation, the National Fire Protection Association estimates