The Boone Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving, especially since cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire related injuries in the US, and Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

No matter how many years a community member has been cooking or how many Thanksgiving feasts they’ve served, Boone Fire wants community members to make safety their main ingredient.

Make your cooking area safe.

Move things that can burn away from the stove.

Keep kids away from hot food and liquids, and at least three feet away from the stove.

Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top to keep an eye on the food.

Be prepared.

Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.

Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Now is the time of year to change the batteries and test the alarms.

Deep-frying turkeys is a popular cooking method, but has a lot of risks, and can tip over and spill hot cooking oil, and hot oil can overflow.

For more fire tips, contact the Boone Fire Department at (828) 268-6180.