Happy Thanksgiving
The threat of winter fires is real!

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires!

Thanksgiving is all about food and family… turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster – the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home.

The American Red Cross has these safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast:
• Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the house while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.

• Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

• Keep anything that can catch fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

• Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

• Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

• Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

• Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Did you know?
• Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
• The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms
• 905 people die in winter home fires each year
• $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires
• 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes
• Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires
• 5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires

For further information take the Red Cross fire safety quiz at:
http://www.redcross.org/LP/Fire-Safety-Questions

The Shingletown Medical Center wishes you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!