Pasadena Fire Marshal's Office Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away. 
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns. 
  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children. 
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. 
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children - up high in a locked cabinet. 
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle. 
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working before cooking. Test them by pushing the test button. 

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Pasadena Fire Marshal's Office
1001 Shaw Avenue Suite 200B
Pasadena, TX 77501
Non-Emergency: 713-475-5556
Emergency: 911
Fax: 713-477-3093