Fire Prevention Month: Stovetop Fire Prevention

Every year, the Seattle Fire Department responds to hundreds of stove related fires. Accidentally turning on a stovetop burner is one of the main causes of these fires.

On October 1, a home fire in northwest Seattle started from a stovetop burner that was accidentally left on. A teapot left on the burner most likely ignited nearby combustibles causing the fire to spread.

Tips to prevent stovetop fires:

  • Keep all things that can catch fire away from the stove top – oven mitts, towels, papers, food packaging, cooking utensils and shopping bags.
  • Keep the stoptop clean. Food, oil, grease become additional fuel to a hot burner.
  • Always check stove burners before leaving your home or going to bed.

Learn more about cooking fire safety.