Earlier today NFPA released the most recent "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report, detailing national statistics from 2007 to 2011. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. It is responsible for two of every five reported home fires. It is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. The top three days for cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Other key findings from the report:
- Overall, cooking equipment caused 43 percent of reported home fires, 38 percent of home fire injuries, 16 percent of home fire deaths, and 12 percent of the direct property damage in reported home fires during this period.
- Cooking is the third leading cause of home fire deaths.
- Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of fire and associated losses than those using gas ranges.
- Ranges, with or without ovens, accounted for the majority of home cooking fire incidents and even larger shares of civilian deaths.