'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.”

Tips:

    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.