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HVFCo: Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Submitted by Olivia Drake, HVFCo Public Information Officer.

Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association, suggests homeowners keep fire safety in mind when prepping your Thanksgiving Day feast.

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.

Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Safety tips:

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • 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.
  • Only deep-fry dried, non-frozen turkeys. Keep your deep fryer several feet away from any structure or overhang.
  • Keep children away from the stove or deep fryer.
  • 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.
  • 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.