What are You Thankful For This Year?

November 25, 2010

Protect your Chicago home today by being smart in the kitchen.

More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

According to State Farm, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.

In fact, according to State Farm claims data from 2005-2009, Illinois ranked No. 2 in the number of grease and cooking fires that occurred on Thanksgiving Day.

The states:

A fireman trying to put out a fire on a stove.

Don't let a cooking fire ruin your Thanksgiving. Be safe.

1. Texas: 33

2. Illinois: 22

3. Ohio: 18

4. Michigan: 15

5. New York: 15

6. Florida: 14

7. Pennsylvania: 12

8. Indiana: 11

9. Missouri: 10

10. South Carolina: 10

To help prevent home fires this Thanksgiving, the Illinois Red Cross offers these suggestions:

*Stay in the kitchen while you cook. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), unattended cooking is the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day home fires.

*Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove. This includes potholders, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels.

*Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and in areas where hot food is being prepared or carried.

*Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.

*If you do incur a small grease fire, smother it by sliding a lid over the pot and turning off the stove.

*Make sure all your smoke alarms are working properly.

“Thanksgiving is a holiday of feasting, but it’s also a day of intense cooking, when stove tops and ovens are working overtime,” says NFPA’s Lorraine Carli. “These culinary activities bring an increased risk of fire particularly when people are trying to prepare several dishes while entertaining friends and family.”

Remember that Thanksgiving is not just about the food, it’s a time to be thankful for all that you have in life.

We here at Chicagoland Real Estate Forum are thankful for all our readers. We wish you a wonderful, and accident-free, Thanksgiving.

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