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Thanksgiving is just a few days away! that means you will be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing those family favorites. But did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve? In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires.

Here are some things you can do to be safe this Thanksgiving:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee can cause serious burns.

  • 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 within easy reach of a child or pet.

  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, pets, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

And if you're planning on using a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, ensure that you thaw it out completely to prevent this:

The Carnes Creek Fire Department wishes you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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