Gifts are not the only exciting things about the holiday season, but so are the home-cooked delights. However, a survey of 2,000 participants uncovered a not-so joyful stat for cooking enthusiasts. Namely, for over a third of them, getting creative in the kitchen was a fire hazard.
A significant share of Americans (42%) get creative with cooking during the holidays, but not knowing their way around the kitchen ends up spelling disaster rather than a delicious meal. They ended up contributing to the holiday illumination a lot more than planned and had to use the fire extinguisher to remedy the situation.
This survey on behalf of GreenPan was originally conducted to get into the details of creative cooking in America, and not the dangerous aspect of it. Nonetheless, its discoveries are supported by the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), according to whom cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire-related injuries at home.
About 17% of Americans try to make healthy kitchen meals at least sometimes, and around 35% of those do so regularly, whether they’re following a new nutritious vegan meal plan, or are simply reluctant to order from popular meal delivery services.
The poll further found that 41% of those willing to experiment with new recipes followed online sources, and most of the time they improvised with American or Italian dishes.
Three-fifths of the surveyed believe that good utensils make for more successful cooking. And the NFPA backs them up: Cooking equipment accounts for 49% of the home fires in the US.
So, although fire cooking is almost one million years old, cooking accidents still happen if we’re not careful enough, and according to this survey, only too often.