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Holiday safety tips

Although a feast for family and friends is a traditional celebration of Thanksgiving, a fire or injury could ruin the big day.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the year’s peak day for kitchen fires, with the average number of fires 297 higher than the daily fire average nationwide.

The association offers tips to prevent a fire during hectic holiday feast preparation with extra people and extra activity in the home:

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stove top and keep an eye on the food. Unattended cooking is by far the most common cause of Thanksgiving house fires.
  • Stay inside the home when roasting a turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep kids away from hot food and liquids. Steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Cords from electric knives, coffee makers, plate warmers, or mixers should not dangle off the counter.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep floors clear to avoid tripping over things.
  • Make sure smoke alarms work.

Last modified Nov. 23, 2023