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., with firefighters responding to around 1,760 home cooking fires on the holiday in 2015*. 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 on theCity’s YouTube channel and on Minneapolis 14 (Comcast channels 14 and 799, CenturyLink channels 8001 and 8501). Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.
*Source: National fire Protection Association
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.
For more information about fire safety visit www.minneapolismn.gov/fire.