Officials Offer Tips For Avoiding Holiday Fires

Posted at 11:57 AM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 12:57:28-05

The Kentucky fire marshal's office is offering some tips to prevent home fires while making Thanksgiving dinner.

The office says the National Fire Protection Association reports Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

State Fire Marshal William Swope and the national organization have this advice:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Stay home when cooking a turkey, and check it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove, make sure they stay away from hot foods and liquids and keep knives out of children's reach.
  • Make sure electric cords aren't dangling, keep matches and lighters high in a locked cabinet and don't leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working.

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