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Posted on: November 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the Bismarck Fire Department




Public Service Announcement

For Immediate Release:                               

November 23, 2022                                                   

For More Information Contact: 

Owen Fitzsimmons, Fire Marshal                                                                                  

Phone: (701) 355-1400                                                                                   

Email: ofitzsimmons@bismarcknd.gov

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires with more than three times the daily average?   Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause.  Safety is important in the kitchen, especially on Thanksgiving.  By following a few simple safety tips, you can enjoy time with your loved ones, and keep yourself and your family safe from fire.


  • Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so that they can’t be bumped.
  • Watch what you’re cooking. Use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking pies.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off.
  • Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware.

For more information contact the Bismarck Fire Department at (701) 355-1400 or visit our website at www.bismarcknd.gov/fire.


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