Practice fire safety this Thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is regarded as being among the most joyous of all our holidays, it is also a time when festivities can turn into tragedy if people get careless, particularly during the preparation of the traditional holiday feast on Thanksgiving Day.

According to National Fire Protection Association statistics, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day with unattended cooking being the leading contributing factor.

Johnston County emergency services deputy director Kevin Hubbard offers the following safety tips and suggestions to reduce burn and fire hazards for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

• 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 anything that could easily catch fire, such as oven mitts, potholders, dish towels, wooden utensils and packaging away from the stove top. 

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