Thanksgiving Safety

Did you know that Thanksgiving is one of the leading days of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment? A cooking fire is 3 times more likely on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. The Lebanon Fire Department urges you to review the following safety information to ensure a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


Read our Thanksgiving Safety document (PDF).

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

  • In 2013, Thanksgiving Day (November 28) was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230% above the average number of fires per day.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths.
Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research Division 
Thanksgiving Safety - Poster of Turkey and Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Facts

Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to flammable materials, product misuse and cooking equipment that is not properly turned off.

Turkey Fryers

The use of turkey fryers - which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures - also poses a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends seeking out grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants for preparation or using new "oil-less" turkey fryers.

Fifty-five percent of civilians injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.

Call Experts

If you have a cooking fire, please go outside and call 911 for the help of your local fire fighters.

Thanksgiving is also a high time for cooking related burns. To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don't come into contact with them. Appliances that get hot, such as toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child's reach. Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.