Public Safety & Education

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Fire Safety Education Center

  1. Burns & Scalds
  2. Children
  3. Grilling & Campfires
  4. Holiday Cooking
  5. Nuisance Smoke Alarms
  6. Fireworks

Most burns associated with cooking equipment, cookware, and tableware are not caused by fire or flame. In 2009, ranges or ovens were involved in an estimated 17,300 thermal burn injuries seen in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. (Source: NFPA

The Facts

  • Cooking was the cause of almost half (46%) of residential building fires in 2009.
  • Males face a disproportionate risk of cooking fire injury relative to the amount of cooking they do.
  • Young children and older adults face a higher risk of death from cooking fires than do other age groups.
  • Young children are at high risk of non-fire cooking-related burns.
  • Unattended cooking is the single leading factor contributing to cooking fires.
  • Many other cooking fires begin because combustibles are too close to cooking heat sources.
  • Frying is the cooking method posing the highest risk.
  • More than half of home cooking injuries occur when people try to fight the fire themselves.
  • Educational effectiveness may be enhanced by linking burn prevention and fire prevention.
  • Technology may be the best long-term solution to dealing with the cooking fire problem.

Microwaves

Microwaves are a leading cause of scald burns. Be extra careful when opening a heated food container. Heat food in containers that are marked ’microwave safe.’ Since foods heat unevenly in the microwave, make sure you stir and test the food before eating.