'Burning Down the House' is just a song. Be extra careful.

Take extra precautions because Thanksgiving is, by far, the number one day for home fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, on average, there are 3 times as many house fires on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year.

“For those who are hosting Thanksgiving, there will likely be a lot of activity in the kitchen and a lot of distractions. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for disaster,” said Greg Lauria, Regional AAA Insurance spokesperson. “AAA is raising awareness around Thanksgiving house fires because prevention is key.”


    Don’t leave stove unattended while you are cooking

    Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, paper recipes, dishtowels, dangling electrical cords – away from the stovetop

    Don’t use the oven/stovetop if you are tired or have consumed alcohol

    Don’t wear loose clothing when using the oven or cooking on the stovetop

    Limit distractions – fires can ignite quickly. Pay attention and check on food regularly

    Limit activity in the kitchen – while it’s not unusual for guests to gather in the kitchen, encourage children to keep a distance from the oven/stovetop and to play in other rooms

    Make sure there are WORKING smoke detectors on every floor of the house

If you do have a fire:

    Get out! - Unless it is a small, stovetop fire that can be easily extinguished, get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible and dial 911.     If it is a small fire on the stovetop, turn off the heat and smother the fire with a lid if you are able to do so without risk.

According to the NFPA 2019 report on home cooking fires:

    US fire departments responded to an average of almost 175,000 home structure fires per year started by cooking in 2013-2017, resulting in more than a billion dollars in damages per year.

    Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.

    Unattended cooking was the leading cause of reported cooking fires and casualties.

    More than half (53%) of non-fatal injuries occur when people try to control the fire themselves.