Cooking Fire Facts
- Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
- In 2015, there were 10,247 residential fires involving cooking. These incidents resulted in four civilian deaths, 80 civilian injuries, 30 firefighter injuries and an estimated $10 million in property damage.
Protect Your Home From Cooking Fires
- For a detailed guide to protecting your home from cooking fires, read the Department or Fire Services pamphlet on Cooking Fire Safety. English Spanish Portuguese
- General Burn Safety An easy to read pamphlet from the Department of Fire Services for use in local burn awareness education campaigns. Adapted with permission from the Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire A flyer on preventing the leading burn problem - scald burns to children under age 5.
The Department of Fire Services has a statewide cooking fire safety public awareness campaign. The two main messages are Stand By Your Pan and Put A Lid On It to safely extinguish stove top fires. The television and radio public service announcements will run again this spring and feature local celebrity chef Ming Tsai. He owns a famous Wellesley restaurant and hosts his own television cooking show.
For campaign materials, look at our Cooking Fire Safety Tool Kit.
Additional Cooking Fire Safety Information
- Cooking Fire Safety Tool Kit
- Massachusetts Burn Injury Reporting System (M-BIRS) Data
- Massachusetts Fire Injury Reporting System (M-FIRS) Data
- USFA's Cooking Safety Webpage
- SAFE Kids Burn Safety Tips
- NFPA - Cooking Facts & Figures
Cooking Safety Tips