Government Study



Distraction from the stove (unattended
cooking) is the leading cause of kitchen
fires. See video clips below.


From the 69% of reported house

fires in the U.S. & Canada

- 54% of stove users were in another room.
- 20% of users left the house with burner on.
- 9%   were outside in the yard on the premises.

- only 7% were actually in the kitchen when
fire started.

Beware of the most common distractions from the stove.
Smart Phones - Computers - TV
Home Phone - Family Interruption

Laundry - Doorbell  - Exercise - Pets 

Every one is at risk for distraction!


Fire Departments across the U.S. and Canada have some important safety tips for cooking during this busy holiday season.

Here are a few Fire Department safety tips to remember:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food. If you must leave the the room even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
  • If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call 911.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner and slide the pan off the burner.
  • Never pour water on a grease fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call 911.
  • If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.
  • To avoid the accumulation of grease, always clean the vent screen above your stove. You can put these in the dishwasher!
    If you cook frequently with oils, butter, and grease, make sure to clean it at least once a month.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and learn how to use it.