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Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults admit to engaging in dangerous cooking behaviors which increase the likelihood of kitchen fires.
Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed by Liberty Mutual admit they disabled a smoke alarm while cooking. The majority of respondents have multitasked while cooking, with 65 percent confirming that they have left cooking food unattended to watch television, talk on the phone or do laundry.
Parents also tend to leave the kitchen more frequently while cooking, including 1-in-5 admitting to giving their child a bath while food is cooking and 52 percent of parents leaving the room to talk or text on the phone.
In the general survey population, a startling 1-in-10 adults actually left the home completely while cooking, and others left cooking food unattended to perform non-essential activities.
"Before you disable a smoke alarm, think about this: almost two-thirds of home fire deaths are the result of homes without working smoke alarms," said
The phone survey, conducted
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