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Posted on: November 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the Bismarck Fire Department

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires?  Keeping fire safety a top priority in the kitchen during this time is important. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones, and keep yourself and your family safe from fire.


  • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Turn pan handles away from the edge of the stove to avoid tipping then over.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, towels, food packaging, wooden utensils, packaging – away from the stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight it:

  • For a stovetop fire: Smother the flames by sliding a lid or baking sheet over the pan then turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire: Turn off the heat and close the door.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe place outside of the home.

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