By: Evansville Fire Department


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ThanksgivingThe kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.



-Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.

-Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

-Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away

-Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.

-The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

-Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags

-Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

-Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

-Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

-Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

In the event of a fire get out of the home immediately and then call 911

Thank you to the Evansville Fire Department for the Fire Safety Tips and the continued dedication to keep our community safe. For more information please visit