Staying Safe During Thanksgiving

 

We know holiday season can be overwhelming.

 

As you gather to celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family, we at iDARE family want you to also have injury-free and staying safe throughout the holiday. We want you to always practice safe cooking habits. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

 

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States*, resulting in an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. The leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. In addition, these fires occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m. And unfortunately, smoke alarms were not present in 20 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires that occurred in occupied residential buildings.

 

Source: USFA

 

  • The leading cause of fire in the kitchen is unattended cooking. …
  • Watch what you are cooking. …
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. …
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. …
  • Stay in your home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently. …
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.

 

  1. Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older. Tip: Replace them during daylight savings.
  2. Keep a close watch on your cooking. You should never leave cooking food unattended.
  3. Stay in your home when cooking your turkey and check often.
  4. Keep oven food packaging and other combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
  5. Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly.
  6. Don’t wear loose sleeves while working over hot stove burners – they can melt, ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids.
  7. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three-feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. Keep kids away from hot foods and liquids.
  8. Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

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