National Cooking Fire Statistics: (Source: NFPA)
- Each year, from 2017 to 2019, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of 187,500 cooking fires in residential buildings. These fires caused an estimated annual average of 165 deaths, 3,325 injuries and $444 million in property loss.
- Cooking is the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.
- Confined fires, those that involved a cooking “vessel” without extension beyond the “vessel”, accounted for 93% of residential building cooking fires.
- In 83% of nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings, the fires were limited to the object or room of fire origin.
- The leading specific factor contributing to ignition in nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings was unattended equipment (37%).
- Smoke alarms were present in only 67% of nonconfined cooking fires in occupied residential buildings.
- Oil, fat and grease (45%) were the leading types of material ignited in nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings.
- Cooking fires in residential buildings occurred most frequently in the late afternoon and evening hours from 4 to 9 p.m., accounting for 40% of the fires. Fires peaked from 5 to 8 p.m. when many people were preparing the evening meal.