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HARRIS COUNTY — Thanksgiving day is the peak day for home cooking fires. The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages all residents to practice fire safety this Thanksgiving holiday.

“Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths in the United States,” said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. “This Thanksgiving, we encourage everyone to practice cooking fire safety while celebrating with your families. Stay in the kitchen while cooking and keep an eye on what you are cooking.”


The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office encourages residents to follow these safety tips this holiday season:

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and children should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over children, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms work. Test them by pushing the test button.

For additional information about cooking safety or fire safety, contact the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office at (713) 274-1700 or visit

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