Cooking causes most home fires
A new report finds most home fires start in the kitchen.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were an average of 366,700 unintentional residential fires, causing 2,310 deaths, 12,550 injuries and more than $7 billion in property damage each year from 2008 and 2010.
The top cause of fires in the home during those same years was cooking equipment, accounting for an estimated 147,400 or 40 percent of residential. Cooking was also associated with the largest percentage of fire-related injuries, an estimated average 27.4 percent or 3,450, in the home.
The Commission says smoke alarms and escape plans are key to surviving fires in the home.