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Cooking Facts

  • U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.

  • Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.

  • Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.

  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.

  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.

  • Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires.

  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.