Cooking brings families and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity, and can be relaxing. However, it's important to be alert to prevent cooking fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires resulting from cooking continue to be the most common type of fire experienced by U.S. households. Cooking fires are also one of the leading causes of home fire injuries.
Cooking was tied for the third leading cause of all home fire deaths.
The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.
Households using electric ranges have a higher risk of fires than those using gas ranges. Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
Three of every five (58%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted 14% of the cooking fire deaths.
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.
One in every six (18%) of microwave oven home structure fires cited appliance housing or casing as the item first ignited.
Nearly half (45%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2009 were scalds.
Thirty-one percent of the scald burns and 14% of all microwave oven related injuries were scald burns incurred by children under five years of age;
Use Your Microwave Safely
Read the manufacturer's instructions before using a microwave oven.
Plug the oven directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord because it may overload the circuit and cause a fire.
Use only microwave-safe cookware (containers or dishes).
Open micro-waved food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam escaping from a container or the food itself can cause burns.
Never use aluminum foil or metal objects in a microwave oven.
If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Have the oven checked and/or serviced before being used again.