State Fire Marshal Shares
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
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[November 22, 2017]
This Thanksgiving, the Office of the State Fire
Marshal (OSFM) urges Illinoisans to be mindful when preparing
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more
home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of
the year. In 2015, fire departments responded to over 1,760 home
cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends. The
last thing we want to see is your holiday ruined by a devastating
fire,” said Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “These simple fire safety tips
will ensure you and your loved ones’ safety throughout the holiday
The NFPA recommends the following:
Stay at home when cooking your turkey and check
on it frequently.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
Turn pot handles inward over the stove – out of
reach from hands, pets and accidental bumps of the hip.
Keep the floor clear and electrical cords out of
the way so there is less chance of tripping.
Put a lid on stove top fires. Keep oven doors
closed and turn off the heat, in case of fire.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test
them by pushing the test button.
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If you will be deep frying a turkey, OSFM recommends
following these tips:
Never leave your fryer unattended.
Keep the fryer outdoors – off decks, out of
garages and away from trees.
Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry
before frying as frozen or wet turkeys can cause hot oil
Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey
into oil. Turn the burner back on when the turkey is completely
Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If a
fire occurs, call 911 immediately.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
additional home fire safety information, please visit the OSFM
[Office of the Illinois State Fire