• Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries
  • 40% of home fires start in the kitchen
  • Unattended cooking accounts for 1/3 of such fires.
  • More than half of all cooking fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves
  • Electric ranges/stoves have a higher risk of fires, deaths, injuries and property damage compared to gas/ranges/stoves.



  • Lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs account for the largest share of non-confined fires among major types of electrical distribution equipment, while cords and plugs accounted for the largest share of electrical civilian fire deaths
  • Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with attached or unattached power cords by more than two-to-one


Smoking Materials:

  • Smoking materials (i.e. cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. In years 2002-2005, roughly one of every four fire deaths was attributed to smoking materials.
  • Older adults are at the highest risk of death or injury from smoking material fires even though they are less likely to smoke than younger adults.
  • Most common material first ignited in home smoking-material fire deaths were mattresses, bedding, and upholstered furniture.



  • Candle fires accounted for an estimated 4% of all reported home fires in 2005.
  • The top five days for home candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve and Halloween


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