|Thanksgiving Leading Holiday for Cooking Fires: Cooking Safety Guidelines from the NLFPD|
|By New Lenox Fire Protection District|
|November 12, 2020|
Vivid autumn colors, fallen leaves crunching beneath your feet and the smell of turkey dinner wafting through the air means Thanksgiving Day is almost here. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Day is the leading holiday for home fires involving cooking equipment.
According to the US Fire Administration, cooking fires in residential buildings occurred more often on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. In 2018, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, which is more than twice the average for the rest of the year. In half of the cooking fires that began with cooking materials (including food), cooking oil, fat, grease or similar substances were first ignited. Of the Thanksgiving fires, three-quarters were cooking-related. So, why are cooking fires so high on Thanksgiving? The NFPA found that distractions are the main cause.
“Fortunately, we have been very lucky over the last few years with our residents keeping safety in mind around Thanksgiving,” said New Lenox Fire Protection District Chief Adam Riegel. “However, more residents are staying home and cooking due to the pandemic, and home cooking fires and injuries have been increasing across the nation as a result. We are hoping that our residents continue to practice safety while cooking throughout the upcoming season.”
The NLFPD wants New Lenox residents to keep the holiday season fire free by following these simple cooking safety guidelines.
Outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers can also pose a huge risk of injury and fires this time of year. They cook up juicy turkeys in the fraction of the time it takes to roast one in an indoor oven. Outdoor fryers heat gallons of cooking oil to very high temperatures to cook the turkey. The risk of this oil being spilled is significant, and the injuries and fires can be severe. The NFPA and NLFPD want all residents to be aware of the risk of injury associated with turkey fryers. For your own safety, use the oil-free models or refrain from using them altogether. Visit the New Lenox Fire District’s website to watch a demonstration on what can go wrong with turkey fryers and how quickly the fire spreads.
The primary mission of the New Lenox Fire and Ambulance Protection District is to provide a range of programs designed to protect the lives and property within New Lenox Village and Township from the effects for fires and sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature with professional, compassionate, and quality service.