According to a new report released by NFPA, cooking remains top cause of home structure fires. U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 371,700 home structure fires annually between 2006 and 2010. These fires caused an estimated average of 2,590 civilian deaths and $7.2 billion in direct property damage yearly.
Based on research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the report also cited that cooking was the number one cause of home structure fires. CPSC found that in 2004-2005, for every household cooking fire reported to the fire department, U.S. households experienced 50 cooking equipment fires that they did not report.
Forty-two percent of reported home fires started in the kitchen or cooking area. These fires were the third leading cause of home fire deaths (15 percent) and leading cause of home fire injuries (37 percent).
Other notable findings from the report include:
- Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths followed by heating equipment and then cooking equipment.
- 25 percent of all home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom; another 24 percent resulted from fires originating in the living room, family room, or den.
- Home fires accounted for 73 percent of all reported structure fires between 2006 and 2010.
- Between 2006 and 2010, on average one of every 310 households per year had a reported home fire.
- Home structure fires peaked around the dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.