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Cooking Safety

The Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department urges citizens to take caution when cooking or using appliances in the kitchen.  The following safety practices should be applied when working in the kitchen:

  • Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
  • Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes, and food packaging).
  • Keep children and pets away from cooking areas. 
  • Wear short, close fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.  Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
  • Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture is heated.
  • Keep a potholder and a lid handy.  If there is a pan fire, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan.  Turn off the burner.  Do not remove the lid until it is completely cool.  Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge an extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray burning grease around the kitchen and spread a fire.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.