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Fire Safety A Must During Thanksgiving





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Nov. 19, 2019

Contact: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196

 

 

Fire Safety A Must During Thanksgiving

 

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Home, especially in the kitchen, is the place to be for this week’s Thanksgiving holiday. But South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says it also can be a dangerous place to be if fire safety is not a priority.

 

Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says the chance of home fires increases during major holidays. He says Thanksgiving is one of those days where there is a greater chance of fires in the home.

 

“With so much going on during a holiday like Thanksgiving, it is easy to forget about fire dangers, especially in the kitchen,” he says. “Nationwide, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires so it is important to be careful.”

 

Cooking safety tips listed by Merriman include:

 

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop and keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey as well, and check on it often.
  • If you must step away from your cooking, set a kitchen timer so you don’t get distracted by guests.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove, oven, hot food and liquids. Steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep items that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, and towels, away from the cooking area.
  • Make sure the floor is clear of tripping hazards such as children, toys, bags, or pets that could cause you to fall.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

 

The kitchen is not the only place where fires can occur. Merriman says there are also dangers stemming from burning candles, fireplaces, furnaces and other heat sources.

 

“Whether it is a holiday or not, make sure you have working smoke alarms on each level of the home,” Merriman says. “With a greater potential of home fires during the holidays, you need to use all possible safety measures available. We want this day to be remembered for a celebration, not a tragedy.”

 

The South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

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