KFD reminds residents to stay safe in the kitchen
Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries?
Kenwood Fire Protection District is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to remind local residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007 and 2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
- 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 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
- 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.
- Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
- 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.
- By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires:
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen turn off the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.
- Whenever possible use the stove’s back burners and keep children away from the stove.
If you have a cooking fire…
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1.
- For small grease fires keep a lid nearby and slide it over the pan, then turn off the stovetop.
For more information, visit www.nfpa.org/safety-information/safety-tip-sheets.