|Prevent Fires This Thanksgiving|
|November 27, 2019|
BERWYN, PA - The Berwyn Fire Company would like to wish the T-E community a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. We also want to take a moment to provide you with some helpful statistics and fire safety tips for you and your family.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires year-round, accounting for almost half of all US home fires (49%) and reported home fire injuries (45%). In 2017 the NFPA reported 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving with unattended cooking being the leading cause of these fires.
Cooking is the second-leading cause of home fire deaths, accounting for 22% of all fire deaths. The NFPA also reports that less progress has been made in reducing deaths from home cooking fires than deaths from most other fire causes. There were more cooking fire deaths in 2013--2017 than in 1980–1984, despite total home fire deaths falling by 46% over the period.
If you have a cooking fire...
• Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
Deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity but safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing fire safety for good taste. If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips:
• Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance (at least 50') from buildings and any other flammable materials.