Red Cross reminds the holidays are high time for kitchen fires

Mara Thompson, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Illinois, says in addition to having a pan lid ready to smother a fire there are other ways to prepare. (WJBC file photo)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – The men and women of the fire department may be nice people, but you probably do not want them as guests for Thanksgiving dinner.

The American Red Cross says once a fire starts, you have about two minutes to get out. That’s why you should be aware of some simple safety tips:

  • Keep children and pets away from the stove.
  • Don’t wear loose, long sleeves at the stove.
  • Have a pan lid or cookie sheet available to smother a fire.
  • Test your smoke detector befor ecooking.

“We respond to about 60,000 disasters across the nation each year. A majority of those are home fires, and a majority of home fires start in the kitchen,” said Mara Thompson, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Illinois.

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected]


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