Cooking fire safety:

  • When cooking, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep towels, pot holders, curtains, and paper products away from the stove.

Keeping kids safe around cooking equipment

Prevention tips:

  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Have a 3-foot kid-free zone around the grill.

Statistics: (2010 – 2014)

  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
    More than half (55 percent) of 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.


Source: National Fire Protection Association