While most people consider overeating the greatest peril of Thanksgiving, cooking the day's feast presents its own risks, too. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as may occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year.
"Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it's also very hectic," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications for NFPA. "All the entertaining and distractions make it easy to forget about what's cooking on the stovetop."
Home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally involve cooking, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Easter. By recognizing the risks of the holidays and making simple adjustments, people can greatly reduce their chance of home cooking fires. The Pasadena Fire Marshal's Office and the NFPA offer the following safety tips: