Minnesota State Fire Marshal: Kitchen fire fatalities spike in 2013

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Jun 25, 2014

Just the other day I came across some sobering information from Minnesota on cooking fires that I wanted to share.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division’s (SFMD) preliminary (annual) Fire in Minnesota report, kitchen fires killed more people in 2013 than the previous seven years combined.

What upsets me too, is, six people died last year in fires caused by someone leaving the food they were cooking, unattended. Unattended cooking — which caused an average of less than one death each year since 2006 — joined careless smoking as the top cause of fire fatalities last year in the state.

I don’t know if you’ve looked at NFPA’s latest “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” report or some of the statistics on our cooking web pages, but our numbers confirm what is happening across the country these days when it comes to cooking fires. According to the NFPA report, in 2011, cooking was involved in more than 150,000 home structures fires that were reported to U.S. fire departments and …. unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in structural fires from 2007 – 2011.

NFPA takes cooking safety very seriously. Whether you’re creating a gourmet meal in your kitchen or throwing some steaks on the grill, let’s all do the right thing and help keep ourselves and our families safe. Follow these important steps:

  • Be mindful and stay alert when cooking
  • Watch what you heat and never leave your cooking area unattended
  • Keep children and any flammable materials away from heat sources and cooking area

For more quick tips, download our free cooking safety tips sheet and our newest cooking infographic. Tack it on your fridge where you can review it every day. To quote the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, let's help drive the number of fatalities down.

Let's start today!