The Kentucky Fire Commission encourages everyone to be safe this Thanksgiving.
“This time of year there is always a spike in preventable home cooking fires,” said Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day. “It’s easy to become distracted when surrounded by family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. During the five-year period of 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 156,600 home structure fires in which cooking equipment was involved.
Thanksgiving and Year-round Safety Tips:
* If you choose to fry a turkey, do it outside. Set up supplies in the middle of the yard, rather than next to your home.
* Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.
* Keep the stove area free of clutter.
* Never put a glass dish or lids on the stove or over a burner.
* Remove lids on hot pans by tilting them away from you.
* Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking.
* Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
* If you are under the influence of medication or alcohol, avoid using the stove.
* Use the three foot rule - keep children and pets at least three feet away from hot surfaces.