Fast facts about fire

Households using electric ranges have a higher risk of fires than those using gas ranges.

Children under 5 face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.

Nearly half (45 percent) of microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2009 were scalds.

U. S. fire departments responded to an average of 155,400 cooking-related home fires each year between 2005 and 2009, causing an average of 390 deaths, 4,800 injuries and $771 million in direct

property damage.

Fires involving heating equipment peak in December, January and February, as do deaths from these fires. Overall, homes fires and home fire deaths are also more common in the cooler months of the year.

Heating equipment was the second leading cause of all reported home fires and home fire deaths.

U. S. fire departments responded to an average of 64,100 heating-related home fires each year from 2005 to 2009.

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