Fire Prevention & Life Safety
Thanksgiving SafetyFor most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. But in the fire service, we know Thanksgiving as the peak day for home cooking fires.
Did You Know:
•Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 46% of home fires that resulted in 19% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.
•Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
•Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions led to 18% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
•Ranges or cooktops accounted for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.
•Unattended equipment was a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and half (49%) of the associated deaths.
•Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.
*Data provided by NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division and “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” Report
We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, click here for a few safety tips for this Thanksgiving.
More fire safety tips are available on our Facebook page for Effingham Co Fire Rescue and food handling safety on the Effingham EMA page.
Effingham County Fire Rescue and NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.
NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer.
You can view the dangers of Turkey Fryers here.
If you choose to burn your leaves and yard debris, please follow these rules:
- You must have a burn permit each and every time you want to burn
- Burn permits expire at sundown
- You can only burn natural, yard debris from your property
*No household garbage, furniture, tires, plastics, glass, metals or construction materials.
Avoid Brush Fires
- Make sure you have a garden hose ready, in case you need to put the fire out.
- Never leave a fire burning unattended.
- Keep your fire to a reasonable and manageable size.
- Build your fire in a designated area, clear of hazards and debris.