Officials warn of home holiday cooking fires

Most cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving
Officials warn of home holiday cooking fires

As you take time to cook for your family this Thanksgiving, ReadyWisconsin recommends the following kitchen safety tips during the most common time for home cooking fires.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, unattended cooking is the biggest factor in starting home cooking fires, usually when food or cooking materials catch on fire.

ReadyWisconsin said to move things that could catch on fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels and food packages, away from wherever you’re cooking.

On top of watching the stove, ReadyWisconsin said to stay in the kitchen when frying, broiling or boiling food. Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Check on baked goods regularly as well.

ReadyWisconsin recommends using flameless candles, testing smoke alarms in advance and owning an “A,” “B,” or “C” rated fire extinguisher.

In keeping with preparedness for the upcoming holiday, ReadyWisconsin said to keep an emergency kit in vehicles in case of vehicle breakdowns or getting stuck in the snow.