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""Every Thanksgiving, families across Massachusetts come together to give thanks and share a great meal. But all the hustle and bustle of this joyous holiday can also pose some serious risks.

More fires at home occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Keep these Thanksgiving safety tips from the Department of Fire Services (DFS) in mind so you can prepare your feast safely and enjoy the day.

Before You Cook

  • Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Although gas ovens produce a small amount of carbon monoxide that usually isn’t harmful, when your oven is on for a long stretch of time, more of the gas is released into the air.
  • Choose Tighter, Shorter Clothing — Loose, baggy clothing can be dangerous if you’re cooking over an open flame, as with a gas range. Reduce your risk of starting a fire by wearing clothing with tight-fitting, shortsleeves.
  • Identify the Exits — Make sure your guests know how to exit your home if a fire starts.

While You Cook

  • Keep the Kids at Bay — If you expect little ones this Thanksgiving, make sure they stay at least three feet away from the stove to avoid spills and burns.
  • Set a Timer — It’s easy to lose track of time when you have so many dishes to prepare and a house full of loved ones to catch up with, so set a timer.
  • Stay by the Stove — According to the State Fire Marshal’s Cooking Fire Safety Tips Guide, unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires. Always stand near the stove when boiling, broiling, or frying anything, and stay inside whenever the oven is on so you can respond quickly if something goes wrong.

If a Fire Starts

  • Put a Lid on It — DFS’s press release on Thanksgiving fire safety recommends putting a lid on the pot or pan and turning off the heat in the event of a stovetop fire.
  • Close the Door — If a fire starts in a broiler or oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heat. Do the same for fires that occur in a toaster oven or microwave.
  • Don’t Be a Hero — Most fire-related injuries occur when people try to fight the flames. Leave your home and call 9-1-1 in the event of a fire.

Whether you’re traveling across the country or hosting the whole family at home, take precautions to have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

To learn more or share some of your own Thanksgiving safety tips, comment below or tweet us @MassGov.

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