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Celebrate a fire safe Thanksgiving

By November 22, 2010

CAMINO —  Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento-Alpine Unit Chief Bill Holmes shares a fire safety message:

“According to the US Fire Administration, cooking is the leading cause of house fires in this country,” Holmes said. “Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires, so please do not leave your kitchen, barbecue or turkey deep fryer unattended this Thanksgiving. Also keep in mind that cooking fires are the leading cause of burn injuries in the home, so stay focused on what you are doing and leave the ‘visiting’ to meal time.”

Tips for a fire safe holiday:

  • Frying is the single riskiest cooking method. More fires occur as a result of frying gone awry.
  • Make sure children and pets are kept out of the cooking area; they can cause cooking accidents or worse become victims of cooking/burn injuries.
  • Keep all flammable materials (towels, packaging, napkins etc.) away from cooking surfaces.
  • Always call 9-1-1 in the event of a house fire. Over half of all cooking injuries occur when someone attempts to extinguish the cooking fire themselves. Leave fire fighting to the professionals.

“Check that your smoke alarms are in good working order and make sure you review your home fire escape plan and meeting place with guests, especially with guests spending the night in your home,” added Chief Holmes. “We want everyone to have a fire safe Thanksgiving.”

For additional information on cooking safety and other fire and life safety topics visit www.fire.ca.gov.

Special to Village Life

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