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Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on an average day

NFPA recommends the following safety tips for cooking on Thanksgiving:
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep things that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the cooking area.

  • Be alert when cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop. 

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire:

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. 

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
NFPA also discourages the use of turkey fryers, a popular cooking method on Thanksgiving. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns and other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys. Find more information about the dangers of turkey fryers on NFPA’s cooking equipment safety webpage. A turkey fryer safety tips sheet is also available to download.

Seasonal Feature
CO Detectors
Winter is here and it brings an increase in the risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
Everyone wants to stay warm and safe in the winter.  So it's important that you understand what Carbon Monoxide is and how you can keep yourself safe from the dangers of this odorless, invisible gas. There are many simple things you can do to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning in your home.  Learn more about Carbon Monoxide detectors and how to use everyday equipment in your house safely here.

Winter Disaster Preparedness
Are you prepared for the challenges that New Hampshire winters bring?  Anyone who recalls the ice storm of 2008 knows that losing power for days demands that you are prepared to deal with a lack of lights, heat, access to stores that also are out of power, access to food and cooking, the need for gasoline to power generators, and much more.  Since 2008, many people have become better prepared for these events.  We have two great resources for you to look through.  They are helpful and fun and they'll make you think of things you hadn't before.  Take your preparedness to another level!

January 2015 Safety Educator Newsletter from the Office of the NH State Fire Marshal
Resolve to be Ready in 2015 from

Winter Preparedness Video


For The Kids
Parents and Kids, please visit these colorful interactive sites to see activities, games, and stories about fire safety:
 USFA Kids Sparky      Smokey's Outpost        What To Do In Case of A Fire
USFA Kids Smokey's Outpost  Kids Safe       

For Citizens and Parents

United States Fire Administration
Visit USFAs website to learn more details about fire safety for all age groups.

Consumer Product Safety Commission
Get up to date information on product recalls and many other resources about consumer safety.

National Fire Protection Association 
Safety tips, fact sheets, and tool kits for consumers, kids, and educators about fire safety in the home, school, and the workplace.

Safe Kids U.S. 
Parent center for general safety guidelines for children from infants to teens.

Fire Safety for People Over 50Elderly man buying a CO detector
As we get older, we are at greater risk of injury from fire. 
Read what factors contribute to this and what you can do now to make your
home environment safe as you age.

Fire Safety For The Elderly And Their Caregivers

Let’s Retire Fire 
Learn the many things you can do around your home to prevent injury from fire.

Fire Safety Lasts a Lifetime 
There are special precautions older adults and their caregivers can take to protect
themselves and their home from fire.

This page will be updated frequently.  We encourage you to visit this page often for information on safety education. We will feature seasonal information throughout the year.