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• Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day.
• Cooking fires nearly double on Thanksgiving Day, occurring more than twice as often than
on another day.
• Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
• Thanksgiving Day home fires cause more property damage and claim more lives than
home fires on other days.
• Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common
disaster across the nation.
• The number of home fires the American Red Cross has responded to has risen 10% since
• Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire. In a typical year, 20,000
people are injured in home fires.
• Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
With fire-wise common sense, you can make sure tragedy does not come between you and the festive holiday you have planned. Follow these fire prevention tips to help you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
¨ Keep your family and overnight guests safe with a working smoke detector on every level of the house, in every bedroom, and in the halls adjacent to the bedrooms. Test smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year.
¨ Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home.
¨ Have a fire extinguisher available not more than 10 feet from the stove, on the exit side of the room.
¨ A 2-1/2 lb. class ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher is recommended. Know how to use your fire extinguisher.
¨ Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.
¨ Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults that are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.
¨ When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry. The clothing can catch on fire and the jewelry can catch on pot handles, causing spills and burns.
¨ Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
¨ Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the stove or have someone else watch what is being cooked.
¨ Keep Thanksgiving decorations and kitchen clutter away from sources of direct heat.
¨ Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should never be left burning when you are away from home, or after going to bed. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them. The candle holder should be completely noncombustible and difficult to knock over. The candle should not have combustible decorations around it.
¨ If smoking is allowed inside, provide guests with large, deep ashtrays and check them frequently. After guests leave, check inside and under upholstery and in trash cans for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
And for those of you that prefer to deep fry your Thanksgiving meal...
Turkey Fryer Fire Facts
Stay Safe...follow these tips...
For safety’s sake, buy a fried turkey from a grocery store, specialty food store, or restaurant instead of frying it yourself. If you decide to fry a turkey, follow these tips to prevent fires and injuries:
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and most importantly SAFE holiday,
Your Police Department's Fire Safety Officers,
Officer Hasnain Ali Officer Stephen D. DiGiovanni
Quinsigamond Community College Quinsigamond Community College
Campus Police Department Campus Police Department
670 West Boylston St. 670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606 Worcester, MA 01606
Tel: 508-854-4221 Tel: 508-854-4221
Fax: 508-854-4571 Fax: 508-854-4571
Emergency: 508-854-4444 Emergency: 508-854-4444