Holiday Cooking Safety

Cheryl Forberg

This article, entitled "Holiday Cooking Safety," is presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

While more than half of Americans plan to cook during the holidays - with 42 percent cooking for groups of 11 or more - the majority are engaging in dangerous cooking behaviors which increase the likelihood of kitchen fires, according to a recent survey.

Boiling, baking and roasting are cooking methods that need much attention, yet the Liberty Mutual Insurance survey found that 83 percent of adults admit to engaging in dangerous cooking behaviors, with 65 percent admitting to having left cooking food unattended to watch television, talk on the phone or do laundry. The survey also reveals startling statistics about how often consumers leave the home completely and even disable smoke alarms while cooking.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and the second leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. In 2011, cooking was involved in an estimated 156,300 home structure fires that were reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires caused an estimated:

  • 470 deaths

  • 5,390 injuries

  • $1 billion in direct property damage

Below, Cheryl Forberg, celebrity chef and nutritionist, will reveal the new survey results surrounding consumers' dangerous cooking habits, while sharing tips on safe cooking during the holidays.

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