ATLANTA, November 10, 2008 — As Georgians prepare Thanksgiving Day meals, the Red Cross urges families to be cautious in the kitchen and to take action to prevent a home fire. Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.
To prevent kitchen fires, the Red Cross recommends that you:
Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking.
Turn off stoves, ovens, and ranges when responsible adults leave the kitchen.
Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times.
If using turkey fryers, the American Red Cross strongly recommends that you follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the use of these appliances.
If you are entertaining guests, it’s a good idea to designate a responsible family member to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished once guests leave.
The Atlanta Red Cross responded to more than 880 disasters last year, typically house and apartment fires – and provided 5,823 families with emergency assistance including shelter, food, counseling, and more.
This support is dependent on the generous financial contributions of the public. You can help the Atlanta Red Cross continue to be ready to respond and help fire victims by making a financial contribution today.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.atlantaredcross.org