Cooking fire safety

The leading cause of home fires in NSW is leaving cooking unattended.

Hover over the highlighted objects in the kitchen above or use the "view all" button below to learn about kitchen fire safety.

If your pan catches fire, here's what to do

Turn off the stove (if safe to do so) and use the lid to cover the flame.

Never use water to put out a fat or oil fire.

Use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket in the first few seconds of ignition if you are confident.

Leave the kitchen, close the door and call Triple Zero '000'.

Did you know?

The use of heaters, cigarettes and candles are common causes of fires.

When you're asleep, you won't smell the smoke from a fire.

You're twice as likely to die in a home fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm.

Fire and Rescue NSW responds to approximately
residential fires each year.
Half of these fires start in the kitchen, mostly due to unattended cooking.

Electrical appliances and faults cause almost 40% of home fires.