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One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for Americans is losing weight and eating healthier. In fact, weight-related goals were the most made resolution in 2017, according to statistics reported by Statistic Brain. That trend is sure to continue this year and well into the future. But whether you’re someone who makes New Year’s resolutions or not, a holiday full of gluttonous meals and treats, not to mention overspending on gifts and holiday cheer, may mean more meals will be cooked in your kitchen instead of eaten out or carried in. And as kitchen cooking increases, so does your risk for home fires.
Cooking is the leading cause of fires and home fire injuries, with an average of 455 fires occurring daily, according to the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment Report & NFIRS” data.
The report shows stove-top ranges and cook-tops are the cause for almost three out of every five reported home fires, whereas ovens account for 13 percent. And the biggest contributing factor to home fires is unattended cooking, which happens in 33 percent of the home fires related to cooking equipment and leads to 49 percent of associated deaths and 46 percent of associated injuries.
Whatever your reason for doing more in-home cooking, don’t let the benefits go up in flames. Take precautionary measures to create a delicious home-cooked meal while keeping you, your family, your home, and your possessions safe. Before things heat up in the kitchen, follow a recipe for safe cooking in the kitchen using these NFPA-recommended tips.
If a fire happens and you’re unsure how to respond or if the flames have become uncontainable, your best bet is to get out of the home immediately and call 911. Your local emergency professionals are better equipped to respond to the fire and minimize damage. If restoration services are needed to repair your kitchen, remove smoke odors, or return your home to its pre-existing condition, our trained restoration technicians are standing by to respond and help.