Cooking oil and grease fires are a major cause of fires in Canada. These types of fires are very fast spreading and most destructive. A pot of cooking oil placed on a stove burner at high heat is a sure-fire recipe for destruction. In only a few minutes, the oil overheats and the vapors ignite.
Many people are killed or seriously burned in kitchen fires every year, so no matter what you are cooking in the kitchen follow the simple safety tips on this page to reduce the risk of fire.
Microwave ovens stay cool, but what's cooked in them can be very hot. Foods heat up at different temperatures, eg. pastry may seem warm but the filling may be hot enough to burn your mouth. Always remember to use potholders when removing food from the microwave.