For Immediate Release: November 19, 2012

State Fire Marshal Urges Families to Practice Safety on Thanksgiving

Encourages parents to keep their eye on the stovetop and children out of the kitchen

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin reminds families that safety in the kitchen is always important, but it is especially so on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at the home .

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

"With so much going on, I want to make sure that families take precautions to make the holiday a happy one," said Goodwin. "One way to do that is to keep some safety tips in mind while preparing that big Thanksgiving meal."

Goodwin recommends taking the following safety measures:

In addition, the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal strongly discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.