The National Fire Association has collected the data from the years 2011-2015 in order to make the following conclusions.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47% of home fires that resulted in 20% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.
- Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
- Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 18% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
- Ranges or cooktops account for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.
- Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and a half (43%) of the associated deaths.
- Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.