CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After a recent apartment fire in Amherst, 22News did some digging and discovered that in Massachusetts cooking fires account for 35% of all fires in the state.
A report shows in 2012, more than eleven thousand fires started from cooking incidents. Among those fires, three people were killed and 88 injured.
Janet Hughes of Granby told 22News, that’s why it’s important to always make sure your fire detector is working. “I had an incident back a couple years ago when my smoke detector saved my house from burning down. My microwave somehow caught on fire.”
Aside from checking your smoke detector, you should also make sure to never leave the kitchen while cooking, especially while on your stove top. Always set a kitchen timer and keep flammable items, like your cooking mitts, away from the stove.
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