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Fire Prevention for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, with its emphasis on cooking and family gatherings, can pose fire risks. Here are some fire prevention tips for Thanksgiving:

  1. Stay in the kitchen: The kitchen is where most fires start. Never leave cooking food unattended, especially when frying or broiling. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or have someone else watch over it.

  2. Use a timer: Timers can help remind you to check on the cooking progress and prevent forgetting about food in the oven or on the stovetop.

  3. Keep flammable items away: Keep dish towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper towels, and other flammable items away from the stove and other cooking appliances.

  4. Create a kid-free zone: Make sure children stay at least three feet away from the stove and other kitchen appliances. Consider establishing a "kid-free zone" to reduce the risk of accidents.

  5. Check smoke alarms: Test smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Replace batteries if needed, and make sure there is a working smoke alarm near the kitchen.

  6. Have a fire extinguisher: Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. Familiarize yourself with its proper use, and make sure it's in good working condition.

  7. Be cautious with candles: Thanksgiving often involves candles as part of the decoration. Keep candles away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended. Consider using flameless LED candles as a safer alternative.

  8. Inspect electrical cords: Check cords for appliances and other electrical devices for any damage. Replace frayed or damaged cords to prevent electrical fires.

  9. Stay vigilant with turkey fryers: If you're using a turkey fryer, follow all safety instructions provided by the manufacturer. Use the fryer outdoors on a flat surface, away from structures, and never leave it unattended.

  10. Plan for emergencies: Know the emergency exit routes in your home and have a plan in case of a fire. Make sure all family members are familiar with the plan.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration for you and your loved ones.

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