The Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire wants to make sure everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday is a fire safe holiday.
“Did you know that across this nation there are approximately 2000 house fires reported on Thanksgiving Day, the highest number of house fires for any single day of the year?” Unit Chief Kelly Keenan stated in a press release. “These fires result in injury, death and over $21 million in damage in one single 24 hour period. Over 70 percent of these fires occur between noon and 4 p.m. and nearly 70 percent are cooking fires, which are mostly small, but any fire has the potential to destroy lives.”
Here are some tips to have a safe Thanksgiving:
• Leaving your food cooking unattended is the leading cause of cooking fires. It is best to never leave food cooking unattended. If you must leave the cooking area, turn off the burner, oven, etc.
• Be sure to turn the handles of the pots and pans towards the back of the stove where they are out of reach and are less likely to get bumped.
• Keep a lid or baking sheet nearby to cover a pot or pan that has caught fire.
• Frying poses the greatest risk of a fire, so consider an alternative such as the infrared oil-less fryers available for less than $100.
• Avoid wearing losing fitting clothes with long sleeves while cooking because clothing catching on fire accounts for 16% of cooking fire deaths.
• Establish a “no kid zone” for a minimum of 3 feet around any cooking surface.
• Make sure your smoke detectors are working and linked throughout your home.
— Teri Mizuhara is the Amador-El Dorado Unit public information officer for Cal Fire.