U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – News Release
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Release Number: 18-043
There’s nothing quite like sharing special moments with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. To keep families safe this holiday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) encourages consumers to follow safe cooking practices to ensure a memorable and enjoyable Thanksgiving meal.
Most home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day. From 2012 through 2014, there was an average of 2,100 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day alone—more than three times the average rate of 400 cooking fires a day.
“Being prepared in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people are at home,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. “Never leave the stove unattended as cooking is the top cause of home fires. Keep an eye on your food to prevent a fire from starting in the first place.”
Never pour water or flour on a pan fire. Cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames or use a fire extinguisher. Call 911 if necessary.
Since 1998, there have been more than 214 turkey fryer-related fires, burns, explosions or incidents reported. These incidents caused 80 injuries (none fatal) and over 9.6 million in property damage.
SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES.
Protect your family by installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Test your smoke alarm every month to make sure they are working properly. Change batteries in smoke alarms every year – many people do so at daylight savings time.
“The Fire Service has long been witness to the many lives saved through the presence of working smoke alarms,” said U.S. Fire Administrator G. Keith Bryant. “As we begin this year’s holiday season we encourage everyone to ensure their families and homes are protected by a working smoke alarm.”
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE!
Establish a fire escape plan and practice with everyone who lives in your home.
For more information and tips on how to protect your family in the event of a fire, check out our multigenerational toolkit. You can also find more fire safety tips in our fire safety information center.