November (Thanksgiving Fire Safety)2018
Thanksgiving Marks beginning of High Fire Risk Season
Thanksgiving is a time to make memories of families gathering together and sharing a traditional meal. It also marks the beginning of the worst time for fires in America. Public Education Coordinator, Alan Zygmunt of the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks urges Connecticut residents to stay Fire Safe during this Holiday Season. “Thanksgiving day is the single day when the most cooking fires happen in the US,” stated Zygmunt, “with 1570 being reported in 2016.”
CT Fire Departments and the NFPA remind us of several specific steps to ensure a safe holiday.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain at home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 after you leave the home.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Remember to contact your local fire department for any fire even if you feel that it is extinguished. It may continue to burn out of your sight. The Fire department will respond and ensure that it is completely out and document any damage to your home.
The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. Part of their mission is educating the public in fire and burn prevention. Additional information on this and many other topics is available by visiting the NFPA web site at www.nfpa.org. For specific safety information related to the Thanksgiving holiday please visit: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Thanksgiving-safety