Don’t be a statistic: Ways to prevent a Thanksgiving fire

Don’t be a statistic: Ways to prevent a Thanksgiving Day fire

(WECT) - There are more fires during the holiday season than any other time of the year. Thanksgiving is actually the worst day of the year for house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Over 2,000 homes fires were reported last year on Thanksgiving and of those fires, three-quarters were cooking related.

Fire officials want to remind you to be aware of your surroundings as you’re busy in the kitchen.

  • Keep items that can easily catch fire away from flames, like aprons and towels. Wear short, tightly rolled sleeves.
  • Never leave the stove unattended. Stay in the kitchen and check your food often.
  • Never deep fry a frozen turkey. Make sure it’s completely thawed and dry before slowly lowering it into the oil.
  • Try to keep young children out of the kitchen. It’s best to keep them at least three feet away from a hot stove.
  • Keep candles away from anything that can burn.

It’s also a good idea to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before getting started in the kitchen.

If you need help cooking the turkey or have any questions, you can call the “Turkey Talk Line” at 1-800-BUTTERBALL any time Thanksgiving Day.

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