It’s not just a busy week for grocers and retailers, but fire departments, too. In fact, Thanksgiving and the days just prior are when a majority of home fires are reported each year. The number one cause: unattended cooking. Marinette Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Campbell says to avoid having your turkey dinner turn into a turkey disaster, always ensure someone in your household is keeping a close eye on anything you may have on the stove or in the oven. If a kitchen fire does break out, there are a few things you can do to contain it, however, Campbell adds, never attempt to pour water on any sort of grease fire and don’t hesitate to get out and call 911 if you feel it’s beyond your control.
Other fire risks around the holidays are increased use of fireplaces and candles. Campbell also has tips for keeping those aspects of your celebrations safe, as well.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.