Thanksgiving Day is still the peak day for home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Data Snapshot for 2014-2016, there were an estimated 2,400 residential building fires that caused 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $19 million in property loss for Thanksgiving Day.1 Most of the fires that happened on the holiday occurred between 10:00AM until 4:00PM, when most people are preparing dinner, and continued to decline throughout the evening.
Keeping the tips listed below in mind will decrease the risk of fire happening to your home which will help minimize your fear and maximize your excitement for the holiday. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Keep an eye out in the kitchen when you are cooking. If you have something else to do, have somebody check on the turkey or whatever is on the stove frequently. Using a timer will be very helpful too.
Keep hot food & liquids, knives, matches, or lighters out of the reach of children. Since this is a day mostly spent with family, expect children to be present. If you can, plan activities for the children to drive them away from the kitchen.
Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working. You can do this by running a fire alarm test with your monitoring company.
If you can, avoid wearing clothing with long and loose sleeves that could get catch fire. Also keep fall decorations or any dangling objects away from the stove top for the same exact reason.
Keeping your home and family safe will always be your priority and that is why we always feature safety tips for every occasion. This gives you the ability to be confident in celebrating all through the holiday season.