Kitchen Safety

Quick tips to keep safe in your kitchen and around your grill outside.

Every member of your household should be taught about cooking safety whether inside or outside. Follow these tips to keep your family safe.

Kitchen safety tips

  • Children should be taught not to turn any range knobs.
  • Keep all combustible materials, such as paper towels, curtains, clothing, and electric cords, away from range burners.
  • Keep an all purpose (ABC rated) fire extinguisher in a convenient location. In the event of a range-top fire, use the extinguisher. You can also use baking soda to put out a grease fire, and small fires often can be smothered with a wet towel or a large pot cover.
  • Keep burners and the range top clean. Boil overs and accumulations of grease can create a fire hazard.
  • If a burner flame goes out, shut off the range knob. Wait for the gas to dissipate, and then relight the burner.
  • When lighting a manually operated oven or top burner (no pilot light), ALWAYS light the match first, place it at the burner and then turn on the range knob.
  • Shut off the burners when not in use.

Grilling safety tips

  • Place your grill at least 10 feet away from other objects, including the house, combustibles and any shrubs or bushes.
  • Check the connection between the propane tank or natural gas line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking.
  • Never bring a grill inside your home or garage. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
  • Always stay by the grill when cooking.