In fact, from 2017 to 2019, kitchen fires accounted for 51% of all residential fires.* And here’s a statistic that’s even more troubling: From 2009 to 2018, home cooking fires increased by 18%.**
Why the jump in cooking-related incidents? Unattended cooking is the primary factor, according to the USFA. Frying with oil is the next biggest factor. And—no surprise here—Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
Stay alert in the kitchen and stay safe. Follow these 10 tips based on the American Red Cross “Cooking Fires Fact Sheet”*** to avoid cooking fires in your home:
The smartest move in the event of a kitchen fire: Get out! Close the door behind you to help contain the fire. And call 9-1-1 or your local fire department immediately.
For more information on how to prevent home fires, download the Red Cross Fire Prevention & Safety Checklist
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