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U.S Fire Departments responded to an estimated 172,900 home structure fires per year started from cooking activities in years 2014-2018. They are the number one cause of home fires. Accounting for 49% of home fires, resulting in 21% of home fire deaths and 45% of overall injuries sustained. The overwhelming majority of grease fires start on the stovetop, and 66% of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
Here are some helpful ways to avoid having your Thanksgiving ruined by fire:
What do we do if a pan or food does catch fire?
Finally, DO NOT run if your clothes are on fire. Running will only make the fire larger.
Stop what you are doing immediately, lower or drop yourself to the floor, and roll over and over until the fire is out if your clothing catches fire.
The Douglas County Fire Department, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!