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Fireproof Your Feasts This Holiday Season

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While cooking is a big part of holiday fun, festivities can take your attention away from the task at hand, and that distraction could lead to fires. In fact, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Before you bake, broil, grill, sear or fry, remember these tips for fireproofing your feasts.

  • Have someone on cooking duty at all times. If you have to leave, turn off the cooking equipment first.
  • Limit distractions by planning television time, video chats, chores and other activities before or after—not during—meal preparation time. 
  • Divert traffic away from the kitchen by putting snacks, games and toys in another room.
  • Use grills only outdoors.
  • Just like driving, avoid cooking if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
  • Keep flammable materials away from heat sources.
  • Smother grease fires with a metal lid or baking soda. Never use water in this situation, and make sure to turn off the heat first. If a fire starts in the oven, turn off the heat, and keep the oven door closed.
  • Have a fully functional fire extinguisher handy for emergencies. Call 911 for help if a fire occurs.

Play it safe this season, and make sure your home is protected. For more information about home or renter’s insurance, visit, call 877/556-2186, or visit your AAA Store for a free quote.


Fire Safety: Beyond Cooking
Winter is peak season for home fires. Take these important precautions to help protect you and your family.

  • Be careful not to overload electrical outlets with heaters.
  • Unplug holiday lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Make sure to use lights and extension cords in their proper location.
  • Examine holiday light strands for wear and tear before using them.
  • Don’t connect more than three strands of lights together.
  • Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from heaters and fireplaces.
  • Always keep burning candles in sight and away from children, pets and holiday decorations.
  • Test your smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide monitors, and replace dead batteries.

Visit to view and print a potentially lifesaving guide with more safety and insurance tips.


This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.

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