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Thanksgiving Fire Safety

Thanksgiving is the number one day for home fires. Learn how to stay safe on this holiday.
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Thanksgiving #1 Day for Home Fires - There are more home fires on Thanksgiving day then any other day in the year. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. But a cooking or candle fire, a burn or a carbon monoxide incident can spoil the day. Every home should have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Thanksgiving Top Day for Cooking Fires - Thanksgiving is the #1 day for cooking fires. Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home and the leading cause of fire injuries. So it's not surprising that 87% of Thanksgiving Day fires are caused by cooking.

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Stay Safe on Thanksgiving by Learning About These Topics

  • Stand by your pan logo
    Cooking and Burn Safety. Remember to stand by your pan and stay in the kitchen when cooking. The best way to respond to a stove top fire is to put a lid on it and turn off the heat.
  • Candle Fire Safety. Burn candles inside a one foot circle of safety free of anything that can burn.
  • Smoke and CO Alarms. Make sure all smoke and CO alarms are working.

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