Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home* fires and home fire injuries. More than half (55%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
Facts & figures
- During 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 6,600 home structure fires per year in which a microwave oven was involved in ignition. These fires caused an annual average of three civilian deaths, 110 civilian injuries and $22 million in direct property damage.
- Cooking equipment fires are the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries. These fires accounted for 40% of all reported home structure fires and 36% of home civilian injuries.
- Twelve percent of the fires occurred when something that could catch fire was too close to the equipment.
- Three-fifths (57%) of reported home cooking fire injuries occurred when victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.