DAVENPORT, Ia. (KWQC) From mashed potatoes, to stuffing, and pies and turkey, Thanksgiving is a holiday most look forward to every year. However, as you plan and prepare for the holiday meal fire officials urge everyone to keep safety a top priority. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas and Christmas Eve. The Davenport Fire Department said their call volume increases dramatically on Thanksgiving day and that the severity of the blazes can range.
“It can range from just simply over cooked food and it smoked up the residential structure up to a full-blown fire where specifically if oil is involved those fires will expand typically beyond the stove top and then start involving the structure,” said Lieutenant Brian Mohr.
Officials say the most common cause of a fire begins with hot oil. The department advises anyone frying their turkey to do so at least 25 feet away from any structure. Fire safety officials also advise changing smoke detector batteries before Thanksgiving day to ensure you are alerted if a fire does break out.