Cooking brings families and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity, and can be relaxing. However, it’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires resulting from cooking continue to be the most common type of fire experienced by U.S. households. Cooking fires are also one of the leading causes of home fire injuries.
- Cooking was tied for the third leading cause of all home fire deaths.
- The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
- Households using electric ranges have a higher risk of fires than those using gas ranges. Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
- Three of every five (58%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
- Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted 14% of the cooking fire deaths.
- Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.