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Fire Kitchen Safety

Being proactive and attentive in the kitchen will reduce the leading cause of home fires and injuries.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries. With Thanksgiving Day being the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of most home cooking fires, so when boiling, frying, grilling or broiling, stay in the kitchen and watch what is cooking.

A working fire extinguisher should be available in the kitchen. The importance of working smoke detectors throughout the home cannot be overlooked. Smoke detectors will provide an early warning of a fire and will alert others to evacuate to safety. EHS provides fire safety training with hands on extinguisher training the second Friday of each month, https://ehs.okstate.edu/safetytraining.html.

Additional resources:

NFPA: Cooking safety

NFPA: Home safety equipment

USFA: Choosing and using fire extinguishers  

Campus for Fire Safety: Kitchen fire safety for college students

For additional information about fire kitchen safety or for any questions, please contact EHS at (405)744-7241 or FLS@okstate.edu.