Hot oil left unattended in wok sparks blaze in Australian restaurant

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Aug 19, 2014

This short but to-the-point article in an Australian newspaper reminded me that no matter where we live in the world, fire safety is and should remain one of our top priorities.

According to The Advertiser, a food service worker from the Indian Masala restaurant, located in a small shopping center, had accidentally left a wok on, filled with oil, after service finished for the night. The oil continued to heat up until it ignited and set fire to the restaurant causing $100,000 worth of damage. Thankfully, no one was injured, but it did cause smoke damage to the nearby shops. Wok

It's easy to forget or ignore the easy things when we're in the throes of our busy lives, but let's see if we can remember these three simple, but life saving messages: 

  • Keep an eye on what you fry
  • Be alert when cooking
  • Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area

According to NFPA, unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires. So please, stay close to the kitchen when you're preparing your meals, and after you've finished, check and recheck that all stove burners and the oven have been turned off. You don't want what happened at this local restaurant to happen at your house.

For more great information about cooking safety, check NFPA's web pages where you'll find tip sheets, checklists and other great resources that will help you and your family keep fire safety forever on the front burner!