How to NOT set your house on fire this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving is a day for family and friends to come together, give thanks and enjoy a hot meal with all the trimmings. 

But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and related injuries in the United States? On Thanksgiving Day, three times the national average of fires per day are reported!

That's a lot of burnt turkey.

Many of these fires have the potential to ruin your holiday plans, but can actually be prevented by following a few simple guidelines:

  1. Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stove top.
  2. Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  3. When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  4. Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stove top.

If you have a cooking fire…

  1. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  2. Call 9-1-1.
  3.  If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear pathway out of the home, and someone has called the fire department.
  4. Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  5. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Don't let your nice meal go up in flames this Thanksgiving. Not only will your belly be empty, but we're pretty sure you'll have some angry relatives on your hands too. 

Just in case you planned on going the non-traditional route with your cooking methods this year (turkey fryers, we're talking to you), here's a little video of what you should avoid. App users click here.

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