If you spend any time in the kitchen—particularly around the holidays—you know how hectic it can be. The last thing you need is a cooking fire, so take our quiz to make sure all your meals turn out safely.
1. What is the #1 cause of home fires in the U.S.?
b. Space heaters
c. Electrical malfunctions
2. What is the primary cause of cooking fires in the home?
a. Using too many stove burners at once
b. Unattended cooking
c. Misbehaving pets
3. If you’re frying, grilling or broiling food, you should...
a. Stay in your home and check on the food regularly.
b. Feel free to go outside. Just check on the food from time to time.
c. Stay in the kitchen the entire time.
4. If you’re simmering, boiling, baking or roasting food, you should...
a. Stay in the kitchen the entire time.
b. Stay in your home, check the food regularly and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
c. Feel free to leave the home, but only for short errands.
5. When you’re cooking, how far should kids stay away from the stove?
a. At least 3 feet
b. At least 6 feet
c. It’s ok for kids to be close to the stove, as long as they follow directions.
6. If a fire starts in a pan while you’re cooking, what should you do?
a. Move the pan off the stove.
b. Beat the fire with a towel.
c. Slide a lid over the burning pan and turn off the burner.
7. Which of the following are ok to keep on the stovetop?
a. Potholders and paper towels
b. Dish towels and wooden utensils
c. Paper towels and wooden utensils
d. None of the above
How did you do?
Answers: 1. a; 2. b; 3. c; 4. b; 5. a; 6. c; 7. d
0-2 correct: Don’t put your apron on just yet. Read our cooking safety tips first!
3-6 correct: You’re getting warmer—study up on cooking safety and you’ll be frying and roasting before you know it.
All 7 correct: Great job! You’re ready to whip up an unforgettable meal. You can never be too prepared, so check out our section on fire safety and other tips.
Itching to test your knowledge again? Then take this fire safety quiz!