Cooking is, by far, the leading cause of home fires and injuries. This report addresses the characteristics of residential building cooking fires from 2014 to 2016.Download the full 14 page report PDF 550 KB
Each year, from 2014 to 2016, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of
cooking fires in residential buildings.
Cooking was, by far, the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.
Confined fires, generally smaller fires, accounted for 91 percent of residential building cooking fires.
In 83 percent 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 (40 percent).
Smoke alarms and automatic extinguishing systems (AESs), 67 and 8 percent respectively, were present in nonconfined cooking fires in occupied residential buildings.