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Officials from the Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Fire Department encourage community members to comply with safe cooking practices this holiday season. The National Fire Protection Association reports that Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires in the U.S. (Graphic by the National Fire Protection Association)

Officials from the Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Fire Department encourage community members to comply with safe cooking practices this holiday season. The National Fire Protection Association reports that Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires in the U.S. (Graphic by the National Fire Protection Association)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Officials from the Hanscom Fire Department want every member of the community to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday while keeping safety in mind.

The National Fire Protection Association reported Thanksgiving to be the leading day in the U.S. for home cooking fires as of November 2018.

“Thanksgiving has three times as many home cooking fires as any typical day during the year,” said Hanscom Fire Lt. Eric Vail-Naylor. “Accidents happen, but with a few safety tips we can hopefully avoid any trips to the emergency room.”

Cooks should never leave a stove unattended while preparing food. Setting timers on the stove or on a mobile device can significantly cut down on cooking fires, he said.

Personnel should keep flammable objects at least 18 inches away from the stove or open flames, such as candles or fireplaces.   

“It’s always a good idea to roll or pin sleeves up so they aren’t exposed to open flames, either while cooking or adjusting the logs in the fireplace,” said Vail-Naylor.

Fire officials also want to remind the community that family members can make their way into the kitchen during celebrations. 

“Let’s not forget to keep a close eye on those little ones who tend to be curious about what’s happening at the stove,” he said. “By turning pot and pan handles inward, little fingers won’t be able to reach whatever hot dangers are simmering above their heads. Some ovens also have child locks.”

However community members are celebrating, officials from the Hanscom Fire Department wants to ensure everyone a safe and happy holiday.