By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.From 2008 to 2010, an estimated average of 164,500 cooking fires in residential buildings occurred in the United States each year and resulted in an estimated annual average of 110 deaths, 3,525 injuries, and $309 million in property loss.
The term cooking fires include those fires that were caused by stoves, ovens, fixed and portable warming units, deep fat fryers, and open grills, as well as those fires that are confined to the cooking vessel.
From 2008 to 2010, cooking was, by far, the leading cause of all residential building fires and accounted for 45 percent of all residential building fires responded to by fire departments across the nation. Additionally, cooking was the leading cause of all residential building fire injuries.
- Never leave a stove while cooking unattended. A serious fire can start in just seconds
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a
short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
- Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames
- Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave
- Make sure pot handles are turned away from heating sources and away from walking areas
If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…
- On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
Each of us can help reduce fire-related injuries and deaths in the elderly by sharing this information with friends and relatives. In addition, we need to make sure that we check on elderly persons during extreme weather condition i.e. heat and cold.
For more information from the NFPA follow the link below.