Kitchen Fire Facts
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2010-2014 firefighters responded to an estimated 166,100 home fires caused by cooking or involving cooking equipment. The leading cause of these fires included unattended cooking. As a result there were 480 civilian deaths and 5,540 injuries. NFPA also reports that cooking fires accounted for 1.1 billion dollars of direct property damage. It is alarming how fast a kitchen fire can start and then spread throughout your home. The damages usually extend to the entire house even when the source is isolated to one part of the house. Smoke and soot will travel to all areas of the structure. When a fire starts, it is crucial to protect yourself and call 911 or your local fire department. Injuries are likely to occur when you try to fight the fire on your own. Always be careful when cooking to be watchful of burners. Don't leave cooking food unattended and stay safe.