When Cooking

What to Do if Your Pan Is on Fire?

Act fast.
  • Keep the pan where it is. Do not move it!
  • Slide the pan lid or a cookie sheet on top of the pan. This takes away the air. The fire goes out.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Keep the lid on the pan until it is cool.
  • Never try to stop a grease or oil fire with water. Water will make the fire bigger.
  • When in doubt, just get out. Call 911 from outside.
  • Get everyone outside. Get out fast.
  • Go to your outside meeting place and call 911.
  • After you get out, stay out. Never go back inside a burning building.


Microwave Fires

  •  Keep the microwave door closed.
  • Unplug the microwave if you can.
  • Don’t use the microwave after a fire until someone checks it.


Preventing Burns in the Kitchen

  • Use oven mitts to take food out of the oven and microwave.
  • Open food from the microwave slowly. Keep your face away from the hot steam.
  • Keep hot food and drinks away from the edges of tables and counters.


If You Burn Your Skin

Cool a burn.

  • Put the burn in cool water immediately.
  • Keep it there for three to five minutes. This helps stop the burning.
  • Cover it with a clean, dry cloth. If the burn is bigger than your palm, get medical help.


If Your Clothes Are on Fire

Stop, drop and roll.

  • Stop where you are immediately.
  • Drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.
  • Roll over and over, or roll back and forth. Keep doing this until the fire is out.
  • Put the burn in cool water for three to five minutes, and get medical help.

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Smoke Alarm Help Save Lives.

Smoke alarms save lives. Keep your family safe. Put working smoke alarms in your home. Keep them working.

Put Smoke Alarms in Your Home to Keep Your Family Safe.

Smoke alarms make a loud noise when there is smoke in your home
Smoke alarms wake you up if you are sleeping.
Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area.

Make Sure Your Smoke Alarms Work

Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.
Test your smoke alarms. Push the test button. You will hear a loud noise. If you don’t hear the noise, you need a new battery or a new alarm. Fix this immediately.
Make sure the smoke alarm always has a good battery. Most alarms will need a new battery every year.
Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.

Get Your Plan in Action, Be Ready.

Make an Escape Plan
  • Make an escape plan so everyone knows how to get out fast.
  • Pick a meeting place outside your home where everyone will meet.
  • Some children and older adults cannot hear the smoke alarm when they are sleeping. Make a plan for how to wake them up and help them get out.

In case of a Fire 

  • Go to your outside meeting place immediately
  • Call 911 or the fire department from outside.
  • Never go back inside a burning building.

Prevention is Everybody’s Job!.