You Can Prevent Cooking Fires

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:

  1. Always pay attention while you are cooking, and never leave the room.
  2. Keep flammable objects away from burners – like towels and clothing.
  3. Turn pot handles to the back of the stove.
  4. Always have your lid nearby, which you can put over a burning pot.
  5. If a fire starts or it gets too smoky, get outside and call 9-1-1.

Learn more about home fires with this video.


Information for this article was provided by Fire Marshal Jeff Waldrep with the Anniston Fire Department and the U.S. Fire Administration.


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