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Stay safe this Thanksgiving

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Thanksgiving is a day of having fun with your family and enjoying a good meal. However, the day also poses risks that may dampen the festivities.

Below are statistics and home safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Thanksgiving by the numbers
· In 2013, Thanksgiving Day was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550 reported, 230 percent above the average number of fires per day. It is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
· By far, unattended cooking was 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.

Safety tips
· Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
· Stay in the house 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 may cause serious burns.
· Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
· Keep knives out of children's reach.
· Be sure electric cords from 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 -- preferably up high in a locked cabinet.
· Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Hopefully these tips can help you and your families remain safe during the holidays.  If you need any help in an emergency, always dial 911 or 567-3911 if on base.  When in doubt, call us out.

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!
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