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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Based on 2007-2011 national averages:

• Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires.

• Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

• Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.

• Ranges accounted for the largest share (58%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.

• Three of every five (57%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.

• Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.

• Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Cooking safety;

A cooking fire can turn a holiday feast into a family tragedy, by making safety part of the Thanksgiving dinner recipe; cooks can avoid preventable cooking fires and keep the celebration joyful. Here are some tips to keep your family safe from cooking fires:

• Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended. Turn off the burner if you have to leave.

• Always point handles inward toward the center of the stove to prevent the pots from tipping over.

• Keep young children out of the kitchen.

• Never wear loose sleeved clothing while cooking.

• Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of an emergency and know how to use it.

• Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. It can be tempting to disable smoke detectors, especially if they are triggered easily. However, smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.

• Be extremely cautious if using a turkey fryer. They can pose serious burn and fire hazards. If you decide to use a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, be extremely cautious and research all the safety guidelines prior to use.
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