A message from the Garrison Petawawa Fire Prevention Branch: Portable Cooking Equipment Safety


Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019


1. A slow cooker is designed to be left on while you do other things, even things outside of the home. That said, there are conditions:
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on where and how to use a slow cooker.
• Keep things that could catch fire away from the slow cooker.
• Inspect the cord to the slow cooker to be sure that it has not been damaged. Do not use any appliance with a damaged cord.
• Make sure the slow cooker is in a place where it won’t get bumped. If the lid gets dislodged, , the  liquid  could boil away, the appliance could overheat, and a fire could occur.


2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a hot plate, griddle, or electric skillet.
• Stay with the hot plate, griddle, or electric skillet when cooking.
• Touching the surface of a hot plate, griddle, or electric skillet can burn you. Avoid touching the surface.
• Do not operate a hot plate, griddle, or electric skillet with a damaged cord or plug.
• Unplug a hot plate, griddle, or electric skillet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow the appliance to cool before cleaning it.
• Do not immerse heat control, cord, or plug of a hot plate, griddle, or electric skillet in water or other liquid.


3. Place or install the microwave oven at a safe height within easy reach of all users. If possible, the face of the person using the microwave oven should be higher than the front of the microwave oven door to reduce the risk of a scald.
• Always supervise children when they are using the microwave oven.
• Use only microwave-safe cookware (containers or dishes). Never use aluminum foil or metal objects in a microwave oven.
• Do not leave a microwave oven unattended when microwaving popcorn, since the heat buildup can cause fires. Heat the popcorn according to the written instructions.
• Open microwaved food away from the face. Hot steam escaping from a container of microwaved food or the food itself can cause burns.
• Verify the cooking time when using a microwave oven.
• Never heat a baby bottle in a microwave oven because it heats liquids unevenly. Heat baby bottles in warm water from the faucet.
• If your microwave oven is mounted over your stove, use extra caution to reduce the risk of spills and scalds. Avoid leaning over hot burners or pans when putting things in or getting them out of the microwave oven.