Prevent Kitchen Fires —that’s the message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week
From October 6-12, The National Fire Protection Association will be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. If you have a cooking fire have everyone in the house get out and close the door behind you. Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
Facts about Cooking and Fires
· U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
· Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
· Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
· Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
· Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
· Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
· Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. Nearly half (44%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
· Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.
Easy-to-read handouts in other languages
The National Fire Protection Association website has easy-to-read educational handouts are available in multiple languages with illustrations representing varied cultures. Download and copy the new handouts to reach people in your community with important electrical safety information.