Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number. For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.
Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.
Thanksgiving By The Numbers
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
Source: NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- If using a deep-fryer make sure you know what you are doing, keep the fryer as far away from the house as possible and never leave it unattended. Also, kids should not be allowed anywhere near a deep-fryer.
- Prior to Thanksgiving, give your oven a good cleaning. A greasy oven is more likely to catch on fire.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey in the oven and check on it frequently. Also make sure the turkey pan is sturdy and will not puncture while you are basting.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Roll up your sleeves.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Thanksgiving is a good time of the year, to replace your smoke alarm batteries.
Stay safe this upcoming Thanksgiving. Follow the tips listed above and your Holiday should be full of Thanks and Cheers! Not smoke.