Cooking Safety Tips highlighted during Thanksgiving & Christmas Season

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happy thanks giving! Keep an eye on what’s cooking

ROSEVILLE, CA – If harnessing your inner chef with creative culinary skills this Thanksgiving is high on your holiday to-do list, make sure your cooking area isn’t left unattended so cooking mishaps can be avoided.

According to FEMA’s National Data Center, cooking is the leading cause of all Thanksgiving fires, and more than half (54%) of these fires occurred between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., when many people were preparing for Thanksgiving dinner.


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“Thanksgiving is one of our busiest days responding to home cooking fires, and we want to reduce that number through fire safety practice,” said Chief Thom Porter, CAL FIRE Director. “There are so many things that can go on in your kitchen while you’re preparing meals, and it’s easy to get distracted while you’re cooking for family and friends. On Thanksgiving Day, with all the commotion near hot appliances, be sure to always stand next to the oven or stove while you’re cooking to avoid No mishaps in the kitchen.”

for every National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking is the main contributing factor to cooking fires, with the average number four times as many at Thanksgiving. Ranges or stoves were involved in 61% of reported home cooking fires.

Tips for reducing the chances of fire and injuries related to cooking fires

  • Stay in the kitchen While you’re cooking, watch closely what you’re cooking! Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or grilling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for a short period of time, turn off the stove. Regularly check what food is being cooked, baked, or roasted, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. It is less likely that someone will bump into you or pull them over.
  • Keep the kids away from the stove. The stove will be hot and children should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure children stay away of hot foods and liquids. Steam or splashes of vegetables, broth or coffee may cause serious burns.
  • When using a turkey fryerMake sure to follow the instructions carefully. Do not exceed the recommended oil level and use the appliance outdoors only!
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher On hand at all times. Never use water to put out a grease fire.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms installed in your home.

For more cooking information, visit https://www.nfpa.org/cooking.

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