Kitchen Fire Safety

One third of all residential structure fires in the ACT are caused by people leaving cooking unattended.

This has prompted ACT Fire & Rescue to launch a community awareness campaign about kitchen fire safety with the key message, “Don’t Stop Looking While You’re Cooking.”

The ACT Fire & Rescue “Kitchen Fire Safety Campaign” has two components.

Kitchen Fire Safety Cooking Challenge

ACT Fire & Rescue has recorded four short videos of firefighters cooking a meal. During each video the firefighters also provide some kitchen fire safety tips.

The videos will be published on this page and the ACT Fire & Rescue Facebook account on a weekly basis from Friday 11 August 2017. When the fourth and final video is published, you are encouraged to vote for your favourite recipe.

The names of all voters will then go into a draw to win a visit to their home by an ACT Fire & Rescue crew to conduct a fire safety assessment and pose for photos.

The draw will be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Education stalls at supermarkets

ACT Fire and Rescue crews will set up information stalls outside local supermarkets and shopping centres.

The purpose of these stalls is to conduct face to face community engagement to provide key messages and answer questions around home fire safety, with a focus on kitchen fires.

Firefighters will also have a range of free merchandise to hand out including wooden spoons, oven mits, baloons, tea towels and fridge magnets.

Episode 1 – Kitchen Fire Safety Campaign – Super Laksa Recipe

Episode 2 – Kitchen Fire Safety Campaign – Cajun Chicken Schnitzels Recipe

Face the facts
ACT Fire & Rescue recommends the following kitchen safety tips:

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Make sure pot handles are facing inwards
  • Keep stoves, ovens and exhaust fans free of grease and fat build-up
  • Keep tea towels and electrical leads away from the stove
  • Wear clothes with tight fitting sleeves when cooking
  • Put a lid on a pot or pan if it catches fire – never pick it up and carry it
  • Have a fire blanket and extinguisher (e.g. CO2 or dry powder) in the kitchen
  • Ensure there is a working smoke alarm
  • Have a fire escape plan in place and practice it regularly.

Kitchen fire safety fact sheet [.PDF 299KB]