How to prevent Thanksgiving house fires

There were more than 10,000 house fires last Thanksgiving in Massachusetts.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  The best way to ensure it’s a happy Thanksgiving is to make sure it’s a safe one, and as you prepare to welcome your guests into your home tomorrow, make sure the fire department isn’t one of them.

Last Thanksgiving, there were more than 10,000 home fires in Massachusetts that involved cooking. This year, Longmeadow Fire Department told 22News there are many ways hosts and guests can avoid these fires, which can quickly become out of control.

Longmeadow Fire said it is important to stay in the kitchen when cooking, recognizing it may be tempting to go into other rooms with family. Another common danger on Thanksgiving is the use of fryers. The fire department recommended that frying be done outside once the bird is properly prepped.

“You want to make sure it’s dried and it doesn’t have any moisture in it,” Longmeadow Fire Captain Jay Macsata said. “Too much oil in the fryer is another common thing, when you put it in it can overflow and cause a fire.”

Candles are also another cause of home fires. If they are being used to decorate a table, it is important they are not too close to anything that could catch fire.


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