(WFXR) — According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), “cooking is the leading cause of house fires and home fire injuries.”
However, there are ways you can prevent a kitchen fire.
The USFA reported that between 2016 and 2018 there was an average of 189,300 home cooking fires. Those fires caused 170 deaths, 3,300 injuries, and $443 million in property damage.
While fires can occur on the stove, microwave fires are also an issue. When there is a fire inside your microwave oven, turn it off immediately. Fire officials say that if a fire occurs inside your oven, turn it off and keep the door closed until it is cool.
If you are using an air fryer or instapot, make sure to plug it into a wall outlet, health officials say.