Cooking fires are the primary cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The majority of cooking equipment fires start with the ignition of common household items (i.e., wall coverings, paper or plastic bags, curtains, etc.).
According to recent statistics, 118,700 fires involved cooking equipment, with 250 deaths and 3880 injuries resulting from these fires. Kitchen fires are most often caused by:
The Tufts Fire Marshal wants to remind the Tufts community that cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on college campuses. Every year, college students experience a growing number of fire related emergencies in their dorm rooms.
Portions of this material are reprinted with permission from the NFPA Web page , NFPA online, © 2008, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA 02269.