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Fire Services Stress Cooking Safety over Thanksgiving Weekend

Post Date:10/11/2019 12:30 PM

Medicine Hat – Medicine Hat Fire Services is reminding residents to test their smoke alarms and cook with caution this Thanksgiving.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a cooking fire is three times more likely on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year, and cooking is the leading cause of house fires on Thanksgiving Day.

“Most fires on Thanksgiving happen between noon and 4:00 pm, the time when many people are at home preparing dinner for their family and friends,” said Curtis Noble, Fire Prevention Officer. “A lot of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and by staying in the kitchen while food is on the stove or in the oven.”

Many cooking fires occur when appliances are left unattended, when food has been forgotten, if a heat source is left too close to flammable materials, or when appliances are not properly turned off.

There is also a greater risk for cooking related burns and injuries. To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don’t come into contact with them. Smaller appliances, like toaster ovens, should also be kept away from the counter’s edge and out of a child’s reach. Incorporate a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and other areas where hot food and/or drinks are being prepared.

In the event of a fire, get out of the house quickly and safely. Call 9-1-1 once you are a safe location, away from the home. Fire Services urges everyone to practice a safe way out.

The use of turkey fryers, which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures, also pose a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. If you are planning on using a turkey fryer, be aware of the manufacturer’s recommendations, and never attempt to fry a frozen turkey.

The City of Medicine Hat and Fire Services wishes you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Ashley Wiebe
Communications Officer
City of Medicine Hat

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