Phoenix Society partner NFPA offers Thanksgiving Day safety tips

NFPA’s Thanksgiving Safety Tips
  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop.
  • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.Read full release, including a cartoon video on safety

Did you know that home cooking fires triple on Thanksgiving Day? Our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provided that sobering statistic as part of an annual initiative to encourage fire awareness as families and friends gather to celebrate the holiday.

Given the number of distractions that accompany the sometimes bountiful preparations, the organization wants to ensure that safety is observed.

“With so much multitasking taking place, fire hazards around the oven or stovetop can easily be overlooked,” said Lorraine Carli of the NFPA. “Cooks should be conscious of fire safety this Thanksgiving whether the menu is meant to serve two or 20.”

Fire-related deaths on rise

According to a recent report provided by the NFPA, fire-related deaths have actually increased in the past year, lending even more credence to safety precautions during the holiday.

The Phoenix Society and NFPA are working conjointly to advocate for the requirement of fire sprinklers in new construction of homes and buildings. You can learn more at the Fire Sprinkler Coalition web site, and Massachusetts residents can take action to support safer homes in their community.

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