Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States. But home cooking fires are preventable.
- Stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you need to leave the room, even if it’s for a short period of time.
- Remain inside your home while you’re simmering, baking or roasting food and check on it frequently.
- Set a timer as a reminder that you’re in the middle of cooking.
- Store any flammable items away from your stovetop, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging and kitchen towels.
The NFPA also strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers as they can cause a serious fire hazard and lead to severe injuries and significant property damage.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for more information about preventing and responding to home cooking fires.