HOME FIRE STATISITCS

For many, cooking is an enjoyable part of the day in which you can be creative and provide the centerpiece for gathering with friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, electrical appliances add a dash of danger when not properly monitored and maintained.

Did you know..?

Stove Ranger Favicon Two-thirds of U.S. households cook at least one hot meal a day.

Stove Ranger Favicon Sundays have the highest incidence of home cooking equipment fires, however cooking equipment fires that occurred on Saturdays resulted in more fatalities.

Stove Ranger Favicon Little change has been seen in the frequency of reported cooking fires in the past five years.

Stove Ranger Favicon Grease or oil in an unattended skillet can ignite in is little as six minutes.

Stove Ranger Favicon Cooking has long been the leading cause of home structure fires, home fire injuries, as well as, the leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S according to the U.S. Fire Administrations National Fire Incident Reporting System.

Stove Ranger Favicon Nationally, fire departments respond to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires involving cooking each year.

Stove Ranger Favicon Cooking fires cause an annual average of 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries, and $1.1 Billion in direct property damage.

Stove Ranger Favicon Cooking related fires are accountable for 45% of all reported home fires and ranges/stove tops directly account for 61% of reported home structure fires.

Stove Ranger Favicon More than half (54%) of non-fatal civilian cooking fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves.

Stove Ranger Favicon Young children and older adults face a higher risk of death from cooking fires than do other age groups.

Stove Ranger Favicon Frying is the cooking method posing the highest risk of cooking fires.

Stove Ranger Favicon Range top fire suppression systems may be the best long-term solution to dealing with the cooking fire problem.

Older Adults

Stove Ranger Favicon The U.S. fire problem is severe.  Each year, home fires result in a significant number of deaths and injuries.  Older adults (ages 65+) are burdened with the gravest fire risk and are consistently more threatened with injury or death by fire than any other age group.

Stove Ranger Favicon Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries year after year. Adults over the age of 65 are at significantly higher risk of dying from a cooking-related fire.

Stove Ranger Favicon Poor hearing and vision, as well as health problems affecting mobility contribute to putting mature adults in the highest risk group for cooking fires.

Stove Ranger Favicon The National Fire Protection Association reports that 43 percent of people who have died in cooking fires were asleep at the time.

A fire suppression range top cooking system would drastically increase cooking safety especially in the mature adult category.

Cooking Safety

Stove Ranger Favicon Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medications that make you drowsy.

Stove Ranger Favicon Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  Turn off the stove if you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time.

Stove Ranger Favicon If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly.  Use a timer to regularly remind you that you’re cooking.

Stove Ranger Favicon Turn handles of pots and pans to the side so you don’t accidentally bump them and spill the contents.

Stove Ranger Favicon Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.  Loose clothing can easily catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.

Stove Ranger Favicon Check the kitchen after you finish cooking to make sure the oven burners and other appliances are turned off.

How much do you know about kitchen safety?

Test your knowledge with the following True or False statements.

1. True or False? Ovens are the most common appliance involved in kitchen fires.
False. Ranges account for the majority of total reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment and even larger shares of associated civilian deaths and civilian injuries. However, many of these fires are avoidable. The most common cause of these fires is equipment being left unattended while in use.

2. True or False? Baking most often results in fire when the cook time exceeds 60 minutes.
False. Fire began in the first 15 minutes for 88% of the fires resulting from baking. Be sure to clean your appliances before use to minimize your fire risk.

3. True or False? Most kitchen fire injuries are the result of attempts to fight the fire.
True. Three out of every five reported non-fatal home cooking injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves. When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. After you leave, call 9-1-1 or the fire department from a cell phone or a neighbor’s telephone.