According to a new report released by NFPA, cooking remains the top cause of home structure fires. Based on research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the report also cited that cooking was the number one cause of home structure fires, both reported and unreported.
CPSC found that in 2004-2005, for every household cooking fire reported to the fire department, U.S. households experienced 50 cooking equipment fires that they did not report.
Forty-two percent of reported home fires started in the kitchen or cooking area. These fires were the third leading cause of home fire deaths (15 percent) and leading cause of home fire injuries (37 percent).
It is crucial to understand that although there were more fires starting in the kitchen, smoking materials are still the leading cause of home fire deaths.
The same report finds that the majority of home fire deaths were caused by fires originating in the bedroom, the living room, family room, or den. This is the reason why NFPA 13D systems require all living areas, not just the kitchen, to be protected by home fire sprinkler systems, .