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Nearly half of house fires start in the kitchen


Last updated 10/6/2020 at 8:28am

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

In Washington State, the SFMO has received reports of more than 650 kitchen cooking fires each year over the...

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