Occupational Safety and Health – Kitchen Fires

Most house fire started in the kitchen. Stay safe when cooking by following these simple steps:

  • Don’t leave food unattended on the stove.
  • Never hang items such as tea towels near stoves or on cooking appliances

If oil or fat does catch alight when cooking:

  • Turn off the heat
  • If it is flaming, do not move it
  • Cover the fire with a lid, wooden chopping board, or fire blanket
  • Never use water – the burning oil or fat will explode and cause the fire to spread.

If you can’t extinguish the fire, dial triple zero (000) and put your escape plan into action