SHREWSBURY — Chief James Vuona and the Shrewsbury Fire Department would like to provide safety tips to ensure residents stay safe while baking and preparing their holiday meals over the coming weeks.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve. On Thanksgiving 2018, fire departments nationwide responded to approximately 1,630 home cooking fires. Additionally, NFPA research shows that cooking caused half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and was the second leading cause of home fire deaths from 2014-2018.
“While many of us will be significantly scaling back our holiday celebrations this year,” Chief Vuona said, “it’s important to remain mindful of ways to cook safely, even if you’re cooking for fewer people than in years past.”
To prevent any seasonal cooking home fires, the Shrewsbury Department wishes to share the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association so families can prepare holiday meals without the risk of tragedy:
- Never leave anything cooking unattended.
- Stay home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children and pets away from the stove. Kids and pets should be kept three feet away from the stove.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
- 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.
- Keep the kitchen and dining room floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags while cooking or handling food.
- Test your smoke alarms and make sure their batteries are replaced if needed.
If you have any questions about cooking safety, please contact the Shrewsbury Fire Department at 508-841-8522.