Cooking Fire Safety- Quick Facts

    Based on 2010-2014 annual averages:

    • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
    • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
    • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
    • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
    • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
    • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
    • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

    Source: National Fire Protection Association

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