October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week! This year, we are focusing on Fire Safety in the Kitchen
Cooking fire facts
Based on 2013-2017 annual averages:
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home* fires and fire injuries, causing 49% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.
- Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
- Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 14% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
- Ranges or cooktops account for almost two-thirds (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.
- Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (31%) of reported home cooking fires and half (48%) of the associated deaths.
- Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Kids Packet (Cicero Fire Prevention and IAFF Cooking Safety Learning Packet)
Hot, Not, or Sometimes Hot Video
Cooking Fire Safety Spanish Video
NFPA Cooking Safety Video English
Fire Prevention Happens All Year Long (English & Spanish)
Fire Safety Checklist for Caregivers of Older Adults