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From the Fire Marshal: Thanksgiving Is The Peak Day For Home Cooking Fires

Thanksgiving is the #1 day of the year for friends and family to enjoy a meal together.  However, it is also the foremost day for home fires due to cooking equipment.  Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all these reported fires and injuries and it is the second highest cause of home fire deaths with unattended food preparation as the top contributing factor.  On holidays, it is easy to become distracted with multiple dishes to provide and guests to entertain.  These distractions may cause one to leave the kitchen or forget that food is cooking in the oven or on the stovetop.

The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office suggests a few tips for an enjoyable and safe day.  Stay in the kitchen when food is on the stovetop, especially when frying with oil.  Remain in the home when the turkey is in the oven and check it often.  Use a timer.  Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove and away from hot food and liquids.  Store knives, matches and utility lighters in a safe place out of the reach of children.  Keep the floor clear of objects such as toys or bags.  Be sure electric cords from kitchen appliances are not hanging off of a counter.  Have oven mitts, towels, food wrappers and other flammables away from the cooking area.  Do not leave a candle burning in an empty room.  Check that the smoke alarms are working.

The Fire Marshal’s Office wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  For any questions regarding fire safety, please contact The Orange Fire Marshal’s Office at (203) 891-4711, Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or visit our website at

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