The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. The Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of Cal Fire reminds you that safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.
Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter.
NFPA statistics show that in 2013, Thanksgiving Day was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230% above the average number of fires per day nationally.
Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths.
To help prevent kitchen fires in your home, here are some safety tips:
It is a recipe for serious injury or even death to wear loose clothing (especially hanging sleeves), walk away from a cooking pot on the stove, or leave flammable materials, such as potholders or paper towels, around the stove. Whether you are cooking the family holiday dinner or a snack for the children, practicing safe cooking behaviors will help keep you and your family safe.
Cal Fire MMU Unit Chief Nancy B. Koerperich reminds you to cook only with equipment designed and intended for cooking. There is additional danger of fire, injury, or death if equipment is used for a purpose for which it was not intended.
Additional information may be obtained at your local fire station or on the Cal Fire website at www.fire.ca.gov