Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Tried and True" Recipe For A Safe Thanksgiving

According to data from the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires are reported to fire departments each year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss.

As you prepare for Thanksgiving this year, Tacoma Fire Department encourages everyone to follow this "tried and true" recipe for a safe holiday.

When it comes to cooking:
  • Keep a close watch on your cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep oven food packaging and combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three-feet around the stove.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarms.