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Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Nov 16, 2012

   

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many fires occuring on that day. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we wanted to highlight these important statistics. 

Home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and Easter.

By recognizing the risks of the holidays and making simple adjustments, people can greatly reduce their chance of home cooking fires.

NFPA recommends the following safety tips:  

  1. Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  2. When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  3. Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  4. Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop.

Read more to find out what to do if you do have a cooking fire.

 

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