Statistics Regarding Cooking, Fires and Burns

In this May’s “To Your Credit” feature, written by SN Communications Coordinator Rachel O’Connell, fire is not fought with fire—it is fought by prevention. Your personal prevention, to be exact. Below are a few more statistics to include in your staff education programs and to assist with your personal research into cooking-related fires.

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 162,400 cooking-related fires between 2009-2013; those fires resulted in 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries and 1.1 billion in direct damage.
  • Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for three of every five (61%) home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13%.
  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking, hot food and drinks than of being hurt in a cooking fire.
  • Children under five accounted for 30% of the 4,300 microwave oven scald burns seen in hospital emergency rooms during 2014.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 18% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • More than half of people injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying is the leading activity associated with cooking fires.

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