A lot of people in the Quad Cities will be turning on their ovens and stoves this Thanksgiving to make a delicious meal. The American Red Cross released 8 tips ahead of Thanksgiving to help people prevent a house fire that could ruin the holidays. If you plan on cooking, make sure you take the right steps and precautions to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the American Red Cross has 8 pro safety tips for cooking at home during the holiday. Because cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires, the American Red Cross wants to remind people to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Most cooking fires are caused by unattended cooking. To help keep you and your loved ones safe, the American Red Cross offers these safety tips:

8. Cooking A Turkey In The Oven

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When cooking a turkey or other items in the oven, stay in your home and check on it regularly.

7. Keep An Eye On What You Fry

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Never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.

6. Clear Your Cooking Space

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Move items that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper, and curtains. Also, keep children and pets at least three feet away.

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5. Keep Your Clothes Tight

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Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

4. That Oil Is Too Hot


When frying food, turn the burner off if you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil. Carefully remove the pan from the burner.

3. Have A Lid Nearby


Keep a pan lid or a cookie sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

2. Don't Let The Handle Stick Out


Turn the pot handles to the back of the stove, so no one bumps them or pulls them over.


Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on. Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to ensure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

Remember a couple of years ago when the Davenport Fire Department dropped a turkey into an overfilled pot of hot oil? Let's reminisce, shall we?

The American Red Cross says you can also help keep your family safe by testing your smoke alarms monthly and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone can get out in less than two minutes which is the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it’s too late.

Visit redcross.org/fire for more information, including an escape plan to practice with your family.


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