7 Ways to Keep your Home Safe from Fires on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect and be grateful for all that we have. It allows us to put aside our busy schedules and gather as a family to appreciate the love, dependability, and even those annoying quarks.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving also reminds us about our safety—fire safety to be exact. Below are some facts and steps to remember in order to keep all of your little turkeys safe and out of harm’s way.


  • You can expect 5 home fires in your average lifetime with 2 out of those 5 reported to happen in the kitchen.

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. On Thanksgiving Day, the likelihood of a fire increases three-fold!

  • In 2010, there were 1,370 fires on Thanksgiving Day, which had a 219% increase over the daily average that year.

It’s scary to think about how quickly your holiday can turn from a peaceful moment into a tragedy. As you can see, a Thanksgiving cooking fire is too common for comfort.

Fortunately, the NFPA and The Red Cross have provided ways to avoid this from happening.


  • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. Make sure you turn off the stove if you plan on leaving the kitchen area.

  • When you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food, check on it regularly. Remain in the home the entire time and use a timer.

  • Stay alert! Don’t use the stove or stovetop if you have consumed alcohol or are tired.

  • Keep anything that can catch on fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from the stovetop.

  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

  • Make sure your smoke alarm is working and in the kitchen area. If not, be sure to install one in this area.

  • Be prepared and have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.

Some of these steps may come off as general knowledge, but they can slip your mind in the midst of family and fun. If you remember these tips, your home will be safe this Thanksgiving Day.

If you have any other Thanksgiving fire safety tips, comment below!

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