“Cook with Caution”
• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed
alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling,
grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen
for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food,
check it regularly, remain in the home while food
is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you
• Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts,
wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or
curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and
decide to fight the fire...
• On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a
lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave
the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
• For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the
If you have any doubt about fighting a
• Just get out! When you leave, close the door
behind you to help contain the fire.
• Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from
outside the home.