Fire Safety Awareness Ahead Of The Holidays
Celebrating this Thanksgiving will be different for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC guidance urging people to forgo travel to Thanksgiving gatherings in an attempt to tamp down the spread. Even with fewer people traveling, one thing there will still be plenty of is people cooking in their homes. Heading into Thanksgiving makes an excellent time to remind people about fire safety in the kitchen.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and their latest Home Cooking Fires report, Thanksgiving Day sees more cooking fires than any other day of the year, followed by Christmas Day, with the day before Thanksgiving coming up third. According to the report, home cooking fires were reported three and a half times more on Thanksgiving Day than an average day. The most significant cause of the fires was unattended cooking.
The NFPA offers some great safety tips and other fire facts to remind people of the importance of kitchen and fire safety, including:
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove area.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids as well. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
- 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 or pet.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
For more fire facts and safety tips, as well as a video on the dangers of turkey fryers, visit the NFPA website. Stay safe and have a happy Thanksgiving.
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