Cooking Safety: The Average Number of Kitchen Fires Triples on Thanksgiving Day

Make safety a priority in the kitchen this Thanksgiving

Cooking Safety: The Average Number of Kitchen Fires Triples on Thanksgiving Day
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November 20, 2017

There's nothing wrong with lighting a roaring fire this Thanksgiving, but that fire should be well contained to your fire place.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the average number of kitchen fires triples on Thanksgiving Day from about 400 on other days of the year to 1,300 on Turkey Day.

Preventing Thanksgiving fires

Thanksgiving is all about gathering family and friends and cooking a big homemade meal together. With all this cooking comes an increased threat of fire.

To lessen the likelihood of a house fire:

1) Avoid loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves near ranges and ovens;

2) Watch children closely so they do not come into contact with cooking food or hot stovetops; and

3) Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove to prevent kids and others from spilling a pan's scalding contents on themselves.

Frying your turkey?

Frying your turkey comes with additional hazards and precautions. Since 2002, there have been nearly 170 turkey-fryer-related fires, burns, explosions, or carbon monoxide poisoning incidents, including 672 injuries and $8 million in property damage.

Turkeys that are heading into a fryer need to be completely thawed beforehand. Partially frozen turkeys can cause an explosion. Never fry a turkey inside your house, garage, basement, or any other enclosed space.

Turkey frying should ALWAYS be done outside and away from your house. Use only as much oil as required (don't overfill your pot) and never leave the fryer unattended.

Happy Thanksgiving!