Cooking Safety

12/29/20234 months ago

Did you know that in 2023 (up to December 29th) Cambridge Fire Companies have responded to nearly 900 fires on the stove, in the oven, in the microwave, or other cooking appliances?

Many of these fires had extended to the cabinets, wall, and other furnishings in the kitchen. Fortunately, most were quickly contained and extinguished. Some were controlled by an operating sprinkler in the room.  

Always pay full attention when cooking. Nationwide, unattended cooking is a leading cause of structure fires.

If you are over-tired or impaired in any way, don't start cooking. A better choice would be to make a cold sandwich or order take-out. 

Help to prevent devastating fires and injuries. Always pay attention when cooking. 

If you do have a fire in a pan on the stove, turn off the heat source and slide a cover over the pan. 

If the fire on the stove or in the oven is out of control, alert other residents and call 911 from a safe area. Cambridge Emergency Communications staff will quickly dispatch fire companies.

Photos show fire companies responding to a recent kitchen fire in a hi-rise building. This fire was quickly contained and extinguished with no extension and no injury. Thank you to @857firephotos for sharing the photos.

For more information about cooking safety, go to the MA Department of Fire Services site.

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