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Keep Thanksgiving Safe From Fire; Tips from the Halesite Fire Department

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On behalf of the Halesite Fire Department, Happy  Thanksgiving to you and your family!

As you celebrate this year, we urge you to stay safe as you prepare your meals. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), cooking fires are the #1 cause of home* fires and home fire injuries. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

In order to make this year’s Thanksgiving safe from fire we are pleased to provide you with the following information courtesy of the NFPA:

Facts & figures

Cooking equipment fires are the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries. These fires accounted for 40% of all reported home structure fires and 36% of home civilian injuries.

Cooking equipment was involved in two of every five (41%) reported home fires.

Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires.

Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted 15% of the cooking fire deaths.

Ranges accounted for the largest share (59%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.

Three of every five (59%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.

Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.

Safety tips

Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

Call 9-1-1 or the Halesite Fire Department directly at 427-7250 after you leave.

If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

*Homes include one- and two-family dwellings, apartments (regardless of ownership), and manufactured housing.

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