Cooking fire safety outreach materials

Teach community members to cook safely by giving them information about cooking fire risks and how to prevent cooking fires.

Help prevent a turkey fryer fire!

Below are statistics and safety tips to share with community members about using a turkey fryer and why they can be dangerous.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Data snapshot: Thanksgiving Day Fires PDF 677 KB

Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  3. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  4. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  5. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.

Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire handout PDF 296 KB

Preventing Turkey Fryer Fires recipe card PDF 168 KB

Watch this video to see why using a fryer can be dangerous!

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Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration

Statistics to share

Based on 2010-2014 annual averages:

  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

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Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Fire Is Everyone’s Fight™ is a national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration to lower the number of home fires and home fire injuries in America. The goal is to change how people think about fire and fire prevention using social marketing strategies to address the broadest possible audience. Prevention of cooking fires is a current focus area for Fire Is Everyone’s Fight.

By registering to join Fire Is Everyone’s Fight, you will receive free access to download a community outreach guide, educational presentations, handouts, social media messages, op-ed’s and articles, public service announcements, customizable graphics, and much more.

Register to join Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Handouts and posters

Prevent Kitchen Fires flyer English PDF 254 KB | Spanish PDF 258 KB

Video public service announcements

Short, educational messages for safe home cooking to avoid fires and other burns.

Keep Things Away from Heat

Keep Kids Away

Prevent Scalds and Burns

Watch What You Heat

Know What to Do

Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking Fire Safety (Spanish)

Up in Smoke

Audio public service announcements

Up in Smoke: Always stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperatures

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Stock photography

Use these free, high resolution photos to customize your materials and help spread the word in your community about home cooking fire safety.

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Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange

The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange.

Help prevent outdoor cooking fires!

Below are statistics and safety tips to share with community members about grill fires and outdoor cooking fire safety.

Did you know?

Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.

  • Almost half of home grill fires happen between 5 and 8 p.m.
  • Fifty-seven percent of home grill fires occur during the months of May, June, July and August.
  • Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.
  • Seventy-nine percent of all home grill fires involve gas grills.
  • “Mechanical failure, malfunction” is the leading factor in the start of grill fires. Leaks or breaks of containers or pipes are often to blame.

Source: Grill Fires on Residential Properties PDF 663 KB

Grilling fire safety tips:

  • Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.

Share this video to help your community stay fire-safe when cooking outdoors!

Grilling fire safety flyer PDF ~400 KB

Download and customize with your fire department’s logo.

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Outreach materials from other organizations

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about home cooking fires in your community.

More information on cooking fire safety