A lot of it is common sense, says Tod Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management. Keep flammable objects, like food wrappers and pot holders, away from heated surfaces; roll up your sleeves; avoid dangling scarves or jewelry; turn pot and pan handles inward so kids can’t grab them.
From 2006 to 2008, the estimated 4,300 Thanksgiving Day fires nationwide caused 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $30 million in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Pritchard says accidents happen, be prepared for potential injuries. Cooking-related burns are common, but he says save the butter for the bread. Run cold water over any minor burns before wrapping them with loose, sterile bandages. If it’s worse, call 911.
Make sure all stoves, ovens and ranges are turned off if you’re not monitoring the kitchen, set cooking timers appropriately, and follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances, especially for turkey fryers.
A leading insurance company says more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. According to State Farm claims data from 2005-2009, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on turkey day compared to an average day in November.