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According to a new report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking remains top cause of home structure fires.  "U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 357,000 home structure fires annually between 2009 and 2013. These fires caused an estimated average of 2,470 civilian deaths and $6.9 billion in direct property damage yearly." Follow these important cooking-related safety tips from the NFPA and stay safe:

Cooking Safety Tips

According to a report released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking remains the top cause of home structure fires.  U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 346,802 home structure fires annually between 2015 and 2019. These house fires caused an estimated average of 2,620 civilian deaths and $7.3 billion in direct property damage each year. Both of these numbers are an increase from the 2011-2015 period. 

A shocking 75% of (civilian) fire deaths and 72% of injuries come from house fires, says the NFPA.

Follow these important cooking-related safety tips from the NFPA and stay safe:

  1. Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  2. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  3. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  4. Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.

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