Thanksgiving Fire Safety During Covid
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Make Fire Safety a Priority When Preparing your Feast This Thanksgiving November 12, 2020 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Delaware State Fire School  and the Laurel Fire Dept. are urging the public to make fire safety a priority when preparing this year’s Thanksgiving feast. The association’s latest Home Cooking Fires report shows that more U.S. Home Cooking Fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. According to the report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, three and half times an average day. Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause of associated fires and fire deaths. Cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fire injuries year-round, and the second-leading cause of home fire deaths. “The pandemic may limit the number of people in homes this year, but there will still be lots of the usual cooking and distractions that contribute to a sharp increase in cooking fires on and around Thanksgiving,” said Mike Lowe, Senior Instructor of the Delaware State Fire School “Being vigilant in the kitchen remains critical to ensuring a fire-safe holiday.”

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