AUGUSTA, Ga.– Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to bring families and friends together, but this “cooking-focused” holiday also presents a greater risk of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.
Greg Brooks is a firefighter EMT and the EMS Coordinator at Doctors Hospital ER. He has seen too many unfortunate accidents in his career.
The following tips from NFPA can help reduce the risk of cooking fires on Thanksgiving and beyond:
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking to keep a close eye on the food, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
- Stay alert and focused when cooking. To help minimize the risk of injury, avoid cooking when drinking alcohol or if you’re sleepy.
- Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when cooking a meal that takes a long time like roasting a turkey, baking a roast or simmering.
- Check the stove or oven frequently.
- Consider putting timers in different rooms so you can hear them over the music and party chatter.
- Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels away from the cooking area.