The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries with an average of 430 fires daily. Pretty scary isn’t it? Here are some facts and numbers about home fires that you should know:
- Every year, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 156,600 home fires involving cooking equipment.
- Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with 3 times the average number.
- Ranges or cook-tops account for almost 3 of every 5 reported home fires involving cooking equipment.
- Ovens account for 16%. Unattended cooking is a contributing factor in 34% of home fires related to cooking equipment, 50% of the associated deaths and 48% of the associated injuries.
- Failure to clean was a factor contributing to ignition in 17% of reported home fires involving ovens and rotisseries.
- 55% of the civilians injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
- Adults of 75 or over faced a higher risk of cooking fire than other age groups.
- 2 of every 5 microwave oven related ER visits were for scald burns.