Kitchen Safety

Kitchen fires are a recipe for disaster.

  • Stay with your food. Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
  • Keep items away from cooking area. Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Know where the fires start. Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Where burns happen: 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.
  • Although clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, these incidents accounted for 16% 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.

Having the right utensils for cooking is important. Make sure you also have safety equipment working and nearby, too!:

Source: NFPA

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