Published: June 17, 2015
By Michael Corey, Residential Supervisor
Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries. This is true for both fires reported to fire departments and those handled without fire department assistance.During the five-year period of 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 156,600 home structure fires in which cooking equipment was involved in the ignition of the fire.
Overall, these incidents accounted for two of every five reported home fires (43%) and reported home fire injuries (38%). *These statistics are estimates derived from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System and NFPA’s annual fire department experience survey.
In our Bridgewell homes, we have many small convenient appliances like coffee makers, toasters, and microwaves to help with everyday life activities. However, all of these appliances are heat producing and if not used correctly or cleaned regularly can become a considerable risk for injury and/or cause a fire.
Here are some tips to ensure safety for all when using and maintaining household appliances:
This post is an excerpt from Bridgewell’s Safety Newsletter, created by Bridgewell’s Safety Committee. Keep an eye out through the month of June for additional tips and advice from our Safety Committee members, as we join the rest of the country in bringing attention to safety in the workplace.