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Thanksgiving Safety
Facts, Figures & General Information
The kitchen is heart of a home, especially at Thanksgiving when families gather together, many times for the first time since the previous Thanksgiving. On this day – the peak day for home cooking fires – fire safety in the kitchen is even more important.

Fires started when cooking is left unattended is the number cause of home* fires and home injuries. Cooking-related fires accounted for:
  • 42% of all reported home structure fires,
  • 37% of all home civilian injuries and
  • 58% of the reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.

Safety Tips (a partial list)
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the fool. Stay home when cooking your turkey so you can check on it frequently.
  • Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, bags or pets.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter and within easy reach of a child.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Turkey Fryers

Because of the inherent hazards associated with the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers, NFPA discourages their use. The substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, puts consumers at significant risk of devastating burns, other associated injuries and destruction of property. NFPA urges those preferring fried turkey to seek out professional establishments (i.e., grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants) for the turkey’s preparation or to consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer. 

 Thanksgiving Safety Tips
NFPA Thanksgiving
Safety Tips


For more details about the hazards associated with the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers, download this article: NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers.

Before making plans to fry a turkey, watch this short video produced by Underwriters Laboratories titled "Turkey Fryer Hazards."

Sources:
NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report by Marty Ahrens, November 2011.
Also see: Printable home fires involving cooking equipment fact sheet.(PDF, 76 KB)
Underwriters Laboratories

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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