Cooktops and ranges are frequently associated with kitchen mishaps among the elderly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year fire departments respond to 166,100 home structure fires that involve cooking equipment. As a result of the kitchen fires, 480 people die and 5,540 are injured annually. Some common hazardous mistakes seniors make include leaving food on the stove to cook unattended and/or track of cooking times, forgetting to turn burners off after removing pans from the stove, attempting to clean hot cooktop surfaces, allowing too much grease to accumulate on surfaces. There are some safer cooking appliance alternatives you can encourage your loved one to use instead of the cooktop or range.