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Thanksgiving Burn Safety

If you’re planning to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, keep these tips in mind and be #BurnSafe this #Thanksgiving!

According to the NFPA

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

  • In 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.

  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,730 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.

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can 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. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • 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.

Source: NFPA.org

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