Stay safe will cooking this Thanksgiving

While you’re enjoying time with family and friends this Thanksgiving, the Minneapolis Fire Department wants to make sure you stay safe when preparing your holiday meals. There are more cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year in the U.S. Seventy-two percent of home fires on Thanksgiving Day are cooking fires, as opposed to an average of 48 percent the rest of the year.

The Minneapolis Fire Department also encourages folks to follow these simple rules whenever they’re cooking:

  • Have working smoke alarms on all levels of your home.
  • Remain in the kitchen when using the stovetop. If you have to leave, turn the stovetop off until you return.
  • Stay awake, and in the house, while using the oven. If you have to leave the house, turn the oven off until you return.
  • Keep your cooking area clean; keep towels, hot pad holders, storage containers, and other combustibles away from the hot stove.
  • Keep children and pets away from the oven and stove while cooking.

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To help folks stay safe in the kitchen during Thanksgiving and throughout the year, the City of Minneapolis has produced a kitchen fire safety video that is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Kitchen Fire Safety
Learn how to prevent kitchen fires and what to do if there’s a fire while you’re cooking.

Kev Xyuas Xim Huav Chav Ua Mov (Kitchen Fire Safety, Hmong)
Yog xav paub txog kev xyuas xim hauv chav ua mov.

Amaanka Dabka ee Jikada (Kitchen Fire Safety, Somali)
Leh waxaad ka barataa ka hortaga dabka jikada iyo talaabada aad qaadi kartid haddii dab ka kaco jikada.

Seguridad contra incendíos en la cocina (Kitchen Fire Safety, Spanish)
Aprenda como prevenir un incendio en la cocina y qué hacer si hay un incendio mientras está cocinando.