Thanksgiving Safety

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News Date: 
November 22, 2019

As you gather to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends, the Salinas Fire Department wants to help keep you and your loved ones safer from fire hazards. During the holiday season, the kitchen is the most frequently used part of the home. From prepping and cooking all the delicious food, the kitchen can become hectic and crowded during Thanksgiving. As you prepare your holiday feast, practice these fire safety tips to ensure your family and home are protected.


  1. Never leave the stove or oven unattended.

Remain in the kitchen preparing food to keep an eye on it. If cooking a turkey, frequently check the oven to prevent an oven fire.

  1. Be careful of cords cluttering the kitchen.

Disconnect electrical cords when not in use, too many connections can overheat outlets. Also ensure cords are not dangling off the counter and out of children’s arm reach.

  1. Have a fire extinguisher.

Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen in case of a fire. Remember, P.A.S.S when operating a fire extinguisher. Pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the trigger and sweep from side to side!

  1. Keep children away from stove-tops, open fire, lighters, matches and candles

The NFPA recommends keeping children at least 3 feet away from the stove while in use.  Avoid any accident or fires by letting them know the stove is hot. Also, maintain lighters and matches from children in a high cabinet locked away.

  1. Test you smoke alarms

Test your smoke alarms monthly, but specially before the start of the holiday cooking season. If manufactured date of your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, immediately replace with a new 10 year sealed battery smoke alarm.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Sources: NFIRS and the National Fire Protection Association