Cooking is the leading cause of home fires & injuries in the
U.S. Cooking fires often result from unattended cooking and human error,
rather than mechanical failure of stoves or ovens.
Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoke alarms
and smolder-resistant bedding and upholstered furniture are significant
Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires and ties
with arson as the second leading cause of fire deaths. However, heating
fires are a larger problem in single family homes than in apartments.
Unlike apartments, the heating systems in single family homes are often
not professionally maintained.
Arson is the third leading cause of residential fires and the second
leading cause of residential fire deaths. In commercial properties,
arson is the major cause of deaths, injuries, and dollar loss.