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Stefanie WalshAccording to the National Fire Protection Association, the number of structure fires, which includes homes, has not declined in the last 15 years. And they’re still fatal: 78% of all fire deaths occur in home fires.

The number one cause of home fires and injuries? Unattended cooking on ranges or cook tops, which caused an annual average of $1.1 billion in property damage between 2010–2014.

Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to avoid fire damage to your property.

  • Stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • Check your food regularly.
  • Place anything that can catch fire away from your stove top.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.
  • Never cook if you’re sleepy or have consumed alcohol—you need to stay alert.

As always, if you have any questions about your home insurance coverage, give us a call at 1-800-279-4010.

Stefanie Walsh, Personal Insurance Consultant

Source: National Fire Protection Association. Visit nfpa.org/cooking for more information.

NFPA cooking infographic