I recently read a great little article in the New York Times, which highlights a checklist to help ensure your Thankgiving holiday meal will go off without a hitch. If I may, I'd like to add one other "box" to this checklist, next to the grocery items and holiday decorations for your table: fire safety.
NFPA’s 2013 "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report states that in 2011, Thanksgiving was the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many fires occurring on this holiday as any average day of the year. In 2011, there were 1,210 fires on Thanksgiving, a 183 percent increase over the daily average.
Having said that, I can't emphasize enough the importance of staying focused on what's happening in the kitchen during your holiday preparations. Too many accidents occur because we're feeling rushed or are distracted. Not sure what I mean? Check out our latest cooking infographic. The numbers around cooking incidents are pretty staggering. Statistics like:
* Ranges or cook-tops account for almost 3 of every 5 reported home fires involving cooking equipment
* Failure to clean was a factor contributing to ignition in 17% of reported home fires involving ovens or rotisseries
* Two of every five microwave oven-related ER visits were for scald burns
If you get the chance, download the graphic and share it with families and friends. I think you'll agree, these numbers are worth noting. I also hope that by reading some of these statistics, we'll all realize it's important to take the time to focus on the dangers of the kitchen and prepare fully, before the guests arrive.
Find out more cooking fire safety facts and share some of our resources with the ones you love. All of this information can be found on our Cooking Fire Safety Central webpage.
Thanks, everyone! NFPA wishes you and your family a very happy and very safe Thanksgiving holiday!