While Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, filled with food, family and football, there is another attribute that may surprise you. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association),Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year in which home fires occur. In 2016, U.S. Fire Departments reported a total of 1,500 home fires on Thanksgiving Day, with Christmas Day coming in as a close second.
In order to avoid any potential fire damage or injury, browse these simple guidelines to ensure you have a safe holiday season.
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking, even a quick step away can lead to an accident.
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 3 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.
Wear protective gear when using indoor fryers.
Ensure floor and kitchen area is clear of clutter and kiddos, so you don't accidentally trip.
Keep a lid and fire extinguisher nearby to smother cooking fires.
Avoid the use of outdoor, gas-fueled turkey fryers, especially indoors or in the garage area.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.