Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S. When cooking, remember to keep an eye on the range.
• Never leave the cooking area unattended
• If you have to leave the stove, microwave or other cooking appliance for any reason turn the appliance off.
• Turn handles to the center of the stove to prevent spills and to prevent children grabbing hot pans.
• Have a lid handy to smother a pan fire
• Use approved pot holders, not aprons or towels
• Clean appliances regularly. Watch for grease overflows that can start fires.
• Don't place towels, napkins or other paper products around the stove surface
• Don't wear loose clothing
Most Importantly... Be Prepared for a Fire! One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to have a working smoke alarm that alerts you of a fire. A smoke alarm greatly reduces your chances of dying in a fire.
•Make and practice a home fire escape plan and set a meeting place outside.
•Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two escape routes from their bedrooms.
• Call 911 after leaving your home to report a fire emergency.
For additional fire safety tips, go to cabq.gov/fire.