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MCFD offers Thanksgiving safety tips

By Re-Essa Buckels, Public Affairs Specialist | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | November 21, 2019

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As you gather to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and friends, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Fire & Emergency Services wants to help keep you and your loved ones safe from any fire hazards. The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during Thanksgiving. From testing family recipes to decorating delicious desserts, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

According to the National Fire Protection Association Fire Analysis & Research Division, Thanksgiving is the peak holiday for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths. Also, cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.   

As you begin prepping for this busy holiday season, here are a few simple safety tips you should follow to ensure your loved ones are safe from fire. 

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • If using a turkey fryer- they should always be used outdoors, a safe distance away from buildings and other flammable materials.

For more information on fire safety topics, contact MCLB Albany Fire & Emergency Services at 229-639-5610.


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