Holiday season alert: Georgia leads the list in cooking fires
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia topped the list in 2022 of claims filed for cooking fires, according to State Farm – something to keep in mind while cooking meals and treats during the holiday season.
In 2022, State Farm paid over $196 million for 2,210 grease/cooking fire claims. November and December were the top months for grease/cooking fire claims. This is an increase in claims compared to 2021, where State Farm paid over $163 million for 2,240 grease/cooking fire claims. The average claim in 2022 was $71,000.
The National Fire Protection Association says more home cooking fires occur in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day than any other day during the year.
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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, here are 10 ways to stay safe:
- Stand by your pan. If you leave your kitchen, turn the burner off
- Keep an eye on what you fry. Most cooking fires start when frying food.
- Roll up your sleeves. This reduces the chance that they’ll catch fire.
- Supervise children and pets. Make sure they stay away from the stove.
- Watch what you’re cooking! If you see any smoke, or grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
- If there’s an oven fire, keep the door closed. Turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it’s cool.
- Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This is so no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Only use a turkey fryer outdoors. Make sure that it the fryer is on a sturdy surface, away from things that can burn.
- Check smoke alarms. Make sure to have working smoke alarms close to where anyone may be sleeping.
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