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..?
Two-thirds of U.S. households cook at least one hot meal a day.
Sundays have the highest incidence of home cooking equipment fires, however cooking equipment fires that occurred on Saturdays resulted in more fatalities.
Little change has been seen in the frequency of reported cooking fires in the past five years.
Grease or oil in an unattended skillet can ignite in is little as six minutes.
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.
Nationally, fire departments respond to an estimated average of 162,400 home structure fires involving cooking each year.
Cooking fires cause an annual average of 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries, and $1.1 Billion in direct property damage.
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.
More than half (54%) of non-fatal civilian cooking fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves.
Young children and older adults face a higher risk of death from cooking fires than do other age groups.
Frying is the cooking method posing the highest risk of cooking fires.
Range top fire suppression systems may be the best long-term solution to dealing with the cooking fire problem.
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.
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.
Poor hearing and vision, as well as health problems affecting mobility contribute to putting mature adults in the highest risk group for cooking fires.
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.
Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medications that make you drowsy.
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.
If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Use a timer to regularly remind you that you’re cooking.
Turn handles of pots and pans to the side so you don’t accidentally bump them and spill the contents.
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.
Check the kitchen after you finish cooking to make sure the oven burners and other appliances are turned off.