Safety Should Be Another Great Thanksgiving Tradition

fryer fires and their blazing imagery
get plenty of attention when
it comes to Thanksgiving safety. And they should. Unattended cooking,
however, remains the biggest problem on a day with three
times as many home fires as any other day of the year

For instance, U.S. fire departments answered 445 home-cooking fires
daily from 2009-2013, according to the
National Fire Protection Association
, but that number reached 1,550
on Thanksgiving Day in 2013. More than 60 percent of the fires started
on stovetops and about one-third resulted from unattended cooking.

In an effort to combat these hazards, Southern California Edison urges
its customers to make safety a priority
in their preparations this
Thanksgiving. It is essential in reducing the spike in Thanksgiving Day
fires that cause an
average of 10 fatalities, 50 injuries and $28 million in property damage

“People can get distracted while preparing multiple dishes and
entertaining at Thanksgiving,” said Don Neal, SCE director of Corporate
Health and Safety. “But cooking, especially on the stovetop, should
never be left unattended. This and other basic
safety precautions
can help keep your Thanksgiving fire and

And deep fryers? They cause about 700 fires yearly compared to the
99,000 that start on stovetops and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the
top independent product safety company, still won’t certify the fryers.

SCE recommends some other safety tips for Thanksgiving:

  • Ensure that all appliances bear the UL label and replace appliances
    with frayed or worn cords.
  • Plug countertop appliances into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
    (GFCI)-protected outlets.
  • Locate all appliances away from the sink. Remember, water and
    electricity do not mix.
  • Do not overload outlets with multiple adaptors or power strips.
  • Do not use extension cords with major appliances.
  • Never fight an electrical or grease fire with water. Keep
    a fire extinguisher
    , UL listed and rated for electrical and grease
    fires, nearby.
  • Unplug appliances that aren’t in use, preventing them from being
    turned on accidentally.
  • Keep appliance cords out of reach of children and keep the floor clear
    of other cords to prevent falls.

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