Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries and one of the leading causes of fire deaths, with the electrical stove range most often involved. NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation are engaged in several activities to reduce these losses. An interdisciplinary presentation today at NFPA’s Conference & Expo provided statistical information about the range fire problem, the progress in developing proposed standard tests of cooking oil ignition resistance, and outreach tools to help consumers protect themselves from cooking fires.
Marty Ahrens from NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research team highlighted the persistent cooking fire problem. Cooking caused an annual average of 156,600 reported home fires, 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 injuries and $853 million in direct property damage from 2007 – 2011.
Josh Dinaburg of Jensen Hughes outlined UL 858, a significant step forward in a test standard for electrical ranges. UL 858 addresses a major part of the home cooking fire problem, preventing rapid ignition of cooking oil and is expected to be effective in three years.
To help directly educate consumers and equip fire safety advocates, Judy Comoletti, of NFPA’s Public Education division shared the breadth of cooking safety materials available from NFPA, including tip sheets, infographics, community safety kits and videos.