Fire Prevention Week: Cooking Safety

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.

Helpful Links


Kids Packet (Cicero Fire Prevention and IAFF Cooking Safety Learning Packet)

Hot, Not, or Sometimes Hot Video

Fire Escape Checklist

Sorting Activity

Activity for Readers


Cooking Safety Fact Sheet

Cooking Fire Safety Spanish Video

NFPA Cooking Safety Video English

Fire Prevention Happens All Year Long (English & Spanish)

Cooking Safety (English) 

More Cooking Safety (English)

Cooking Safety (Spanish)

More Cooking Safety (Spanish)

Fire Safety Checklist for Caregivers of Older Adults

Adult Coloring Page