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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.

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

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.


If you or someone you care about is injured by a burn, the skilled and highly trained medical staff of the world-renowned Grossman Burn Centers are available to provide the very best care possible.

Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center

7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills, CA 91307

818-676-4177 24-Hour InPatient

888-676-2876 OutPatient Clinic

Grossman Burn Center at Memorial Hospital

420 34th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-323-BURN (2876) 24-Hour InPatient

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Grossman Burn Center at Research Medical Center

2316 E. Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132

816-276-4325 24-Hour InPatient

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