CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The global pandemic is keeping a lot of them indoors this year, and home cooking has increased dramatically. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the time to start planning your fire safety with your turkey.
Statistics show Thanksgiving is already the nationwide peak day for home kitchen fires. With more people expected to cook at home for Thanksgiving, the fires could increase.
Unattended cooking is by far the biggest contributor to kitchen fires and fire deaths, and kitchen equipment has been involved in almost half of all reported fires and injuries. It is also the second leading cause of death from home fires.
How can you protect your home and family from being an unhappy statistic this Thanksgiving? The National Fire Protection Association provides the following guidance:
-Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove, in order to keep an eye on the food. Be careful: if you are sleepy or if you drink alcohol, do not use cooking appliances and equipment!
-Stay home when cooking your turkey and check it frequently.
-Keep children at least 3 feet from the stove when it is in use to avoid burns.
-Please remember that fat and water do not mix. If a fire breaks out, extinguish it by sliding a cover over it to smother the flames or by using a fire extinguisher.
-Make sure the electrical cords of an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, blender, etc. do not hang on the counter within reach of a child.
-Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Store them high up in a locked cabinet.
-Never leave children alone in a room with a lighted candle.
-Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home by testing them regularly (pressing the test button), changing the battery whenever possible, and replacing them at least every 10 years.
The State Fire Marshal and staff hope that by following these tips, individuals and families can stay safe this holiday season!