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Most fires in the kitchen start from cooking. Try the following recipe for safe cooking.

Watch the Pot

Never leave cooking unattended.  If you must leave the kitchen then turn off the hot plates or take something to remind you of cooking food eg. Wooden spoon, tea towel.

Clear the Cooking Area

Curtains, tea towels, oven mitts and any flammable items should be kept well away from the cooking area.

Control the Splatter

Be careful when cooking with oil.  Heat oil slowly.

When cooking, use the right type and size saucepan for the job and keep the heat low enough to avoid fat spatters or boiling over.

Every saucepan should have a lid.  When using a saucepan, especially when oil is involved, keep the lid handy as it can be used to smother a fire.

No Water Needed

Water does not put out fat or oils fires. It can spread the fire and cause serious injury.

Smothering the Flame

If a fire does start on the stove –

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Last updated July 2009