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Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the Iowa City Fire Dept.

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  The Iowa City Fire Department has some tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with three times the average number. The Iowa City Fire Department offers the following tips for a happy and safe Thanksgiving:
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
• 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 kids should stay three feet away.
• Make sure kids 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 kids, 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.
• Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.
• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

For more information, contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 319-356-5257. Happy feasting!


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