City Issues Thanksgiving Safety Tips


The City has issued some guidance to help families remain safe during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Ottumwa Fire Department reminds residents that kitchen fires are the number one leading cause of residential fires. The odds of
a fire in the kitchen double on Thanksgiving Day, due to there being multiple items cooking at the same time and there are more distractions. The leading specific factor contributing to ignition in cooking fires in residential buildings was unattended equipment, so never leave your cooking unattended. The average dollar loss per kitchen fire is $7,800 and the fatality rate is 1.8 persons per 1000 fires. Each year fire departments in the United States respond to an average of 188,800 cooking fires in residences. These fires have caused 195 deaths, 3,800 injuries and $463 million in property loss.

Specific tips for a safe Thanksgiving include:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently
  • Keep children away from the stove, as well as hot food and liquids
  • Keep knives out of reach of children
  • Make sure electric cords from kitchen appliances are out of reach of children
  • Test your smoke alarms

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