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Keep an Eye on What You Fry

Nearly two-thirds of all kitchen fires start on the range or cook top. To prevent fires in your kitchen, don’t leave food unattended on burners or the stove top, especially if you are frying food. If you have to step away from the stove or leave the kitchen, turn off the heat or flame and remove the pan from the burner. Keep food packaging, wooden spoons and dish towels, mitts and other fabrics—including your clothing—away from the cooking surface.

If food on the stove does ignite, cover the pan with a lid and turn off the stove. Never try to extinguish a kitchen fire with water. If the flames are unmanageable, leave the kitchen and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Grease and food particles that collect in range hoods and stove vents also can be a kitchen fire hazard. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends inspecting and cleaning residential kitchen exhausts twice a year. Shared vent ducts in condominiums should be inspected by a professional.

For more information, visit http://nadca.com.

For more information on kitchen fires and how to prevent them, visit the National Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking.