Cooking Safely

Watch What You Heat

Cooking is the biggest cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires. Take these steps to the left to keep your family safe!

Based on 2006-2010 annual averages:
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (58%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Three of every five (57%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.