Home Cooking Structure Fires in Four Canadian Jurisdictions: Analyses of the National Fire Information Database, 2005 to 2014

Home cooking structure fires are a significant, yet preventable, public-safety problem.

Analyses of the National Fire Information Database (NFID), which collected and standardized roughly a decade of fire records from seven Canadian jurisdictions (including six provinces and the Canadian Armed Forces), revealed that cooking fires as a percentage of all “determined” home fires did not appear to be lessening from year to year, with cooking equipment consistently leading the list of home fire ignition sources in Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario (2009 and onwards), and comprising the second largest source of ignition in Alberta, after smoker’s material and open flame.

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