Cooking is the Number One Cause of House Fires, According to the National Fire Protection Association
What is the #1 source of house fires?
The number one source of house fires is cooking – usually leaving pots or pans unattended on the stove while you run away to do something for “just a minute.” The NFPA says that 40% of all house fires, or an average of 156,600 per year, start this way, causing approximately $853 million in property damage. Two-thirds of the fires started because the food or other materials caught fire.
Fires are more likely to start on a range (57%) as compared to the oven (16%), mainly due to frying. Most injuries occur when the cook tried to put out the fire.
- Be alert when cooking and don’t leave food unattended.
- Don’t throw water on a grease fire, instead put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.
- Keep clothing, pot holders, paper towels and other flammable items away from the stove.
- Have working smoke detectors in the house and keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
Sources: National Fire Prevention Association