State Fire Agency Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Colorado News

FILE – This Nov. 2, 2009, file photo shows a Thanksgiving turkey in Concord, N.H. Food safety experts say raw turkeys shouldn’t be rinsed, since that can spread harmful bacteria. Cooking should kill any germs. But bacteria can still spread in other ways, so washing and sanitizing hands and surfaces is still important. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)

COLORADO — Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) urges people across the state to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season this year. 

We understand your holidays will look much different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow Public Health guidelines in addition to our fire safety tips to keep everyone safe.

 “Typically, Thanksgiving is one of the peak days for cooking fires, which is the top cause of home fires in the U.S,” said DFPC Director Morgan, “In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.”

To help keep you and your loved ones stay safe, DFPC urges everyone to follow these safety tips:

  • Keep a Class, A,B, C rated fire extinguisher readily available in your kitchen.
  • Cover a pan fire with a lid and remove from the heat source and never pour water onto an oil or grease fire.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • 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.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working.

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