Busiest Day Of The Year

Posted on: 11/25/2003

Thanksgiving weekend is known for breaking many records. It is known as the busiest weekend for travelers, the day after Thanksgiving - as the busiest shopping day of the year, and Thanksgiving - as the busiest day of the year for firefighters.

Thanksgiving Day house fires cause more property damage and claim more lives than any other day of the year. Each year, nearly 4,300 fires in the United States occur on Thanksgiving. Not surprisingly, cooking is the leading cause for these house fires. Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of residential cooking fires than on an average day. The main factor is food left unattended. So, what can families do to make sure their family has a fire safe holiday?

1. Make sure ovens and stoves are in proper working order and clean.
2. Plan games for children, away from the kitchen area. Children should not be allowed in the kitchen when cooking is taking place.
3. When cooking, do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or dangling jewelry.
4. Cords to cooking appliances should be out of children’s reach.
5. Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in so they don’t extend over the edge of the stove.
6. Have a fire extinguisher available – within 10 feet from the stove.
7. If planning to deep fry a Turkey, use caution. Many units easily tip over, spilling over 5 gallons of hot oil.
8. Keep your family and overnight guests safe with a working smoke alarm.
9. Overnight guests should be instructed on the fire escape plan and designated meeting place for your home.


For more information:
Alan S. Harris, Public Information Officer
Office (407) 665-5113 Pager: (407) 665-9059

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