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Cooking Fire Statistics

Cooking Fire Statistics are comprised by documented reports of home fires cause by unattended or forgotten cooking.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

The USFA collects data from a variety of sources to provice information and analyses on the status and scope of the fire problem in the United States.

Residential building fire causes (2012)

  • 48.7% Cooking
  • 12.1% Heating
  • 5.6% Unintentional Careless

National estimates for the leading reported causes of fires in residential buildings for 2012, the most recent year data are available, are:

  1. Cooking 182,000 fires.
  2. Heating 45,200 fires.

Overall trends in the leading reported fire causes for the 10-year period of 2003 to 2012 show:

  • Cooking as the leading reported cause of residential building fires for the 10-year period.
  • A 12 percent increase in residential cooking fires.
  • A 28 percent decrease in residential heating fires.

National estimates for the leading causes of residential building fire injuries for 1012, the most recent year data are available are:

  1. Cooking: 4,425 injuries.
  2. Open flame: 1,100 injuries.
  3. Appliances: 1,075 injuries.
  4. Other unintentional, careless: 1,050 injuries.

Overall trends in the leading reported fire injury causes for the 10-year period of 2003 to 2012 show:

  • Cooking as the leading reported cause of residential building fire injuries for the 10-year period.
  • A 40% increase in residential cooking fire injuries.
  • A 42 percent decrease in residential open flame fire injuries.
  • A 77 percent increase in residential appliance fire injuries. (This is mainly due to a new NFIRS coding edit implemented in 2012).
  • A 10 percent decrease in residential other unintentional, careless fire injuries.

U.S fire departments responded to and estimated of 366,600 residential fires during 2007-2011.

These fires caused an annual average of

  • 2,570 civilian fire deaths
  • 13, 210 civilian fire injuries, and
  • $7.2 billion in direct damage
  • 92% of all structure fires resulted from home fires
  • On average, seven people died in U.S. home fires per day

Causes and Circumstances of Home Fires:

  • Cooking was the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries
  • Smoking was the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. Heating equipment was the second most common cause of home fatalities

Leading Causes of Home Structure Fires: 2007 – 2011

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Fact: Older adults face a higher risk of dying in a fire.

Source: FEMA www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics

 

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