Thanksgiving is a great way to spend time with your family and friends.  But did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day in cooking fires? Fire departments across the United States responded to 1,630 fires started by cooking on Thanksgiving Day in 2018 (NFPA). 

We don't want your Thanksgiving celebration to become a statistic, so here are some tips you should follow;

  1.  Never leave food that is cooking unattended; always be in sight of the food while it's cooking. Especially your turkey, as it requires several hours of cooking time at high temperatures. 

  2. Keep kids away from cooking areas. Children can receive serious injuries from hot liquids and/or cooking utensils. 

  3. Make sure electric cords do not come into contact with your stove top or hot liquids. 

  4. Keep matches away from children. 

  5. Make sure your smoke alarms are functioning and have fresh batteries.

  6. Never attempt to deep fry a frozen turkey. The hot oil and frozen turkey will cause a violent reaction. If you elect to deep fry your turkey, ensure that;

    • it is thoroughly thawed,

    • it is outdoors (preferably on concrete or asphalt),

    • it is away from leaves,

    • it is away from structures and

    • have a fire extinguisher capable of extinguishing grease fires nearby.

The most important tip is to have a plan in case there is a fire in your home. You should immediately evacuate the house and call 9-1-1.