Did you know cooking causes 44% of all reported home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association?

Here at the UofL Health – UofL Hospital – Burn Center, we frequently treat burn injuries from kitchen accidents.

Here are some things you can do to prevent a burn while cooking:

  • Cook when you are wide awake and not drowsy from medications or alcohol.
  • Keep the stove, oven and exhaust fan clean to prevent grease build up.
  • Keep a pan lid, potholders or oven mitts close every time you cook.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Allow food to rest before removing from the microwave.
  • Use a pan lid to prevent grease splatter.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking, use a timer to remind yourself to check on your food.
  • After cooking, make sure you turn off all appliances and stove top burners.

These tips will help you prevent a fire from cooking and prevent a painful burn injury, but we know there is room for an accident. What should you do if a kitchen or cooking fire happens?

  • If the food is on fire, cover the pan with a lid or baking sheet. Do not move the pot or try to carry it outside. The hot food can splash causing a severe burn.
  • Turn the burner or heat source off. Do not use water to put the fire out. Water will cause grease and oil to splatter or spread the fire.
  • For microwave fires, keep the door shut and turn the microwave off until the fire stops.
  • If the fire gets out of control, call 911 and leave the home. Do not return inside for any reason.

Cooking safety is simple and just takes a few extra moments to ensure a burn injury doesn’t occur. Don’t be a victim of a preventable accident!

UofL Hospital – Burn Center treats more than 500 patients annually from all over the tri-state area. We care for patients with chemical, electrical, flame/thermal and scald burns or complex wounds or skin conditions. Our goal is to assist patients and families towards recovery and getting back to their lives.

Image of post author
Article by:

Tracie Burchett BSN, RN, TCRN

Tracie Burchett BSN, RN, TCRN, is the trauma outreach and education coordinator at the UofL Health – UofL Hospital Trauma Institute. Tracie has worked in the nursing field for 12 years, spending the past nine years at the UofL Health – UofL Hospital. Outside of work, Tracie likes to spend time with her husband, three children and border collie, Porter.

All posts by Tracie Burchett BSN, RN, TCRN
Calendar icon that indicates scheduling an appointment
Schedule an