Preventing Oven Fires!

Posted by Jessica Zoldowski on 10/1/2018 to Appliance Maintenance


Ovens don’t seem too dangerous unless your using high heat. The possible thing that could happen would be burning your hand. However, did you know ovens can catch on fire? Whether you did or didn’t, there are ways to prevent fires within the oven and how to stop a fire if one does occur.


An oven can catch fire for multiple reasons:


If food falls to the bottom or is left in the oven, it could catch fire. If there is baking going on and it is forgotten, this could become very smoky and possibly catch fire as well as if any of the batter falls to the bottom of the oven, this could start a fire. If there is a lot of grease or oils, it could splatter causing a slight flame.


If there is a fire, here are a few things you can do:

Make sure to leave the oven door closed at this time and turn off the oven. This will help prevent the spreading of fire because the fire needs oxygen to spread. Only open the door when you are positive the fire is gone. The fire should burn out on its own. If it does not, leave the house and then call 911. If that is not the case and the oven goes out on its own, make sure to open some windows. Carefully open the door, be careful it could possibly be smoky, and remove whatever was in the oven. Once the smoke has disappeared, now would be the time to determine how the fire started.


Preventing fires:


  • Make sure the oven is clean before using it

  • If you are cooking, do not leave food unattended

  • If you care baking desserts, place a larger pan or cookie sheet underneath, so if it overflows, it goes right on the pan.

  • Cover foods that may splatter and carefully remove trays or food with a lot of grease or oils.


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