Meal times are the most cherished part of the day for many people, but preparing a meal also has its risks. Cooking has long been the most common cause of fires in American homes, with kitchen fires accounting for half of all home fires – nearly 173,000 per year. These fires cause 21% of all home fire deaths, 44% of all home fire injuries and cause $1.2 billion in property damage each year. These numbers don’t even consider the added emotional toll of losing treasured possessions or having to rebuild your life if your home is destroyed. With many of us now spending more time cooking meals in our homes, these numbers have the potential to increase. The good news is that by learning how to prevent kitchen fires, you can significantly reduce your risk.
Cooking meals at home can be healthy, cost-effective, and a great way for households to connect with each other. By making sure you use cooking appliances as intended and keeping your attention focused on what you’re cooking, you can also keep yourself and your home safe from fire danger.
A variety of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistical and research reports about home or residential property fires during the period 2008 – 2020 were referenced in the writing of this article.
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