Food for Thought
Cooking is fun and very rewarding. The holidays are quickly approaching and with it the cooking intensifies and seemingly multiplies. But cooking can also be deadly if safety is not maintained. Here are some alarming statistics that may cause you to be more conscious of safety while cooking.
• Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
• More than 100,000 home fires associated with cooking equipment are reported each year, resulting in nearly 300 deaths and more than 4,000 injuries.
• Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
• Three in ten reported home fires start in the kitchen – more than any other place in the home.
• Two out of three reported home cooking fires start with the stove.
• Electric stoves pose a higher risk of producing fires, injuries and property damage than gas stoves. Gas stoves carry a higher risk of fire deaths.
• A study published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 75 percent of stove fires started with food ignitions, 45 percent began with cooking oil and 63 percent occurred when someone was frying.
Source: The National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org).
We at Team Eat This!™ ask that whenever you cook, please be extra careful and be safe