Cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries. Learn how you can prevent cooking fires to keep your family safe!
In this image, the red area represents a 3-foot safety zone, which should be maintained between a hot stove and children. Photo courtesy U.S. Fire Administration.
Here are the facts on cooking fires:
- Unattended cooking was by far 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 16 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
- Ranges accounted for the largest share (58 percent) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16 percent.
- Three of every five 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.
Based on 2006-2010 annual averages
The next time you cook a meal, remember this: The majority of home fires start in the kitchen. Follow these simple tips and stay safe:
- Always pay attention while you are cooking, and never leave the room.
- Keep flammable objects away from burners – like towels and clothing.
- Turn pot handles to the back of the stove.
- Always have your lid nearby, which you can put over a burning pot.
- If a fire starts or it gets too smoky, get outside and call 9-1-1.