Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

The Albuquerque Fire Department is committed to making every holiday season safe and joyous for the citizens of Albuquerque. We want everyone to recognize the importance of fire safety. It is critically important to be highly alert to the fire dangers that exist during the holiday season and throughout the year. In November of 2009, Albuquerque Fire Department responded to 143 fires which caused over $953,000 in damage. We have listed fire safety tips below that can not only prevent fires but may also save your life.

Cooking 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.

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