The hazard: About 40% of fires start in the kitchen, and the cooktop is the most common culprit.

How to avoid it: Never leave burners unattended when in use, and store combustibles such as paper towels or pot holders a safe distance away.

By the editors of Money magazine and This Old House @ThisOldHouse @Money - Last updated May 24 2012: 11:34 AM ET
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