Did You Know…

  • 49% of home fires were caused by cooking.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries in the US.
  • 31% of reported home cooking fires and 48% of cooking fire deaths are a result of unattended equipment.
  • 66% of home cooking fires start from food or other cooking materials catching on fire.
  • Ranges or stovetops, account for almost 62% of home cooking fire occurrences.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Top Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. 
  • Set a timer to remind you of cooking times. 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. 
  • Ensure a 3-foot, kid-free zone around your cooking area. 
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge and use the back burners when possible. 
  • When cooking, wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves. 
  • If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed.
  • Small grease fires should be extinguished by smothering the flames,
  • For oven fires, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. 
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have taken medication, drugs, or consumed alcohol. 
  • Plug the microwave directly into an outlet and do not use an extension cord that can overload the circuit.
  • If your clothes do catch fire, stop, drop, and roll! 

This page was last modified on 11/29/2021