No one wants to suffer an injury on Thanksgiving, yet they are all too common, thanks in part to fires. Keep reading to learn why fires are so common Thanksgiving, how you can reduce your chance of suffering a burn injury, and what to do if you are injured in a cooking fire. If someone else’s negligence caused the fire, be sure to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to learn about your legal rights.
The Statistics Might Surprise You
When many people think of Thanksgiving injuries, they might think of car accidents. Why? Because distractions and alcohol lead to many accidents over the Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, it is one of the most dangerous weekends of the year. However, that is not the only risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes that there are an average of 1,800 cooking fires on Thanksgiving day.
Just how many is that? It is four times the number of cooking fires that happen on any other day. Remember too that cooking fires are the top cause of home fire. The CPSC further states that the number one factor in cooking fires is leaving an oven or stove unattended.
Hot Grease Causes Many Burn Injuries
In addition to kitchen fires, burns can be the result of hot grease, too. Burning the hands and arms are all too common on holidays. The best way to avoid these types of burn injuries is to always use oven mitts and to avoid wearing loose clothing. Why? Because loose clothing can catch on fire or knock something over and cause a spill.
More Tips to Prevent Injury on Thanksgiving
You can also make sure you are following these tips to further reduce your chance of being burned on Thanksgiving:
- Stay by anything you are cooking – do not leave food unattended.
- Never use water on a grease or fryer fire.
- If you are going to use a turkey fryer, do so outside. Follow the instructions and never fry a frozen turkey.
- Make sure children are at least three feet away from the stove, oven, and other hot areas.
- Do not keep flammable items near hot surfaces. This includes paper bags, potholders, and plastic wrap.
While following these rules won’t prevent 100% of house fires, they can have a significant impact. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now if you suffer a burn injury in which someone else was negligent. We are prepared to offer you a free legal consultation.