Thanksgiving Safety

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. With an average of 455 daily fires, cooking is the leading cause of home
fires and home fire injuries according to NFPA’s Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment Report & NFIRS data.

Protect Yourself And Family From House Fires While Cooking

  • Start with a clean cooking surface and keep clean of any spills.
  • Stay in the kitchen so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so
    they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
  • Don’t wear clothing with loose sleeves that can catch on fire.
  • Keep children away from the hot stove.
  • Have activities for the kids to keep them out of the kitchen during this time.
    Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy.
  • Keep the floor clear of any tripping hazards.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate
    warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter.
  • When finished cooking, be sure to check the kitchen to make sure the
    stove, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.


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