How can YOU reduce the risk of a cooking fire in the home?
Unattended Cooking Fires are one of the leading causes of household fires in the United States. According to reports from the United States Fire Administration, nearly one-third of all home fires begin in the kitchen area. Cooking is also the leading cause of injuries from home fires.
How can you cook safely and carefully in today's busy environment?
Manufacturers of ranges and ovens, through the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), are working together to reduce the risk of such fires through education. That means changing our cooking behavior.
The first step was to better understand what are the causes and who are the people responsible for careless cooking fires. To do this, AHAM joined forces with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to conduct an in-depth, six-month study in ten major cities in the United States. The fire services in these cities agreed to complete a special survey questionnaire for each cooking fire reported in this period.
After sorting through more than 2,000 returned surveys, we found the results confirmed some basic beliefs about the causes and behaviors associated with cooking fires but illuminated some surprising statistics.
A copy of the full report, "Ten Community Study of the Behaviors and Profiles of People Involved in Residential Cooking Fires--Executive Summary" (23 pp.) is available for downloading.
What have you done to "spread the word" about cooking fire safety? Let us know. We are eager to share ideas and work together. Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org