A recent article in the Delaware News Journal reports a fire, which damaged a two-story townhouse, was started in the kitchen due to cooking oil left unsupervised on the stove that then erupted into flames. Thankfully, no one was injured during the fire.
Across the country, in an apartment in Fontana, a suburb of San Bernadino county in California, another kitchen fire started because cooking oil left heating on a stove ignited. Firefighters say the resident had left the kitchen briefly, and when the fire started, it quickly spread to the surrounding area.
According to NFPA reports, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries, and the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. While oil may seem unassuming when it comes to cooking fires, it poses one of the biggest risks in the kitchen, as you can see from these reports above. Because we use oil in so much of our daily cooking, we can't stress enough just how important it is to stay near the pan when frying and sauteeing your favorite dish.
NFPA recently added safety information about cooking with oil on its newly redesigned cooking fire safety central web page. Check out these easy tips and reminders before your next meal; they can help you stay safer in the kitchen today and every day.
For a quick reminder about cooking safely, watch our wildly popular Dan Doofus "Kitchen for Trouble" video above to help you start down the right path to kitchen safety. (Other videos are also available; check them out on our cooking videos web page.) And share it with your fellow chef friends. It's never too late to add a "sprinkle" of cooking safety to all your favorite recipes!