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Thanksgiving Safety
City of Grinnell Information:
For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during
the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and
cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but
hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and
people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and
organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple
safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself
and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving by the numbers

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by
Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home
cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.

Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking
fires and fire deaths.

Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported
home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second
leading cause of home fire deaths.
Here are some important fire prevention
tips courtesy of Mrs. Gohlmann's First
Grade class at Fairview Elementary in
Grinnell, Iowa.