November 2018
The United States Fire Administration estimates more than 2,000 residential fires are reported each Thanksgiving. Of these fires, 69% were caused by cooking incidents.

  • Most kitchen fires occur when food is left unattended. Remember to stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and learn how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires.
  • Tilt hot lids away from you to protect your face and hands from steam.
  • In the event of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed to prevent flames from spreading.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter. Even though you have many dishes to prepare, don’t overload a cooktop with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto the range top and cause a fire.

Watch for additional safety tips at this Thanksgiving season.

Stay Safe,
Chief Karl Lieb
Prepare for heating season
  1. If it's been over a year have your furnace inspected and serviced by a qualified professional.
  2. Have your chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected.
  3. Make sure your portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off switch. Also, keep a clear a space of at least three feet around any heaters.
  4. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember daylight savings is a good time of year to change batteries.
  5. Check the air quality before using a wood burning stove, and be sure to use dry, seasoned wood before a burn.

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