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15 Ways to Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

November 22, 2013
Kitchen fire on the stove

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, be sure you’re practicing the best safety measures while cooking our favorite holiday treats. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that between 2009 and 2011, there were about 1,300 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day alone compared to an average of 400 cooking fires per day during the same time period. Practicing extra caution this Thursday might be worth the extra effort.

Here are some quick Thanksgiving and general safety tips:

Cooking Tips

  1. Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes while cooking (no long sleeves near ranges or ovens).
  2. Keep an eye on children.
  3. Keep the pan handle facing toward the back of the stove.
  4. Don’t leave the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling anything.

Fire Tips

  1. Install smoke alarms in your house. Install more than one smoke alarm and have them all interconnected so if a fire happens in one part of the house, everyone will hear it.
  2. Change the smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and test them once a month.
  3. Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid to smother flames.
  5. Do NOT pour water or flour onto a stove fire.
  6. Don't hesitate to call 911.
  7. Establish an escape plan with two ways out of each room (if practical) and have a meeting place outside.

Turkey Fryers

  1. Only use outside, away from the house (never use in a garage or on a porch).
  2. Don’t leave the fryer unattended.
  3. Don’t put too much oil in it.
  4. If you're using a frozen turkey, make sure to thaw it before putting into the hot oil.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.