Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, with 230% more home cooking fires occurring during this holiday. Unattended cooking and the misuse of cooking equipment are the leading contributing factors in cooking fires.

To assist IAFF affiliates in promoting Thanksgiving cooking safety, the IAFF has prepared a sample press release, sample tweets/posts and infographics (with the hashtag “#IAFFsafetytips”) for social media and a PSA video on using turkey fryers – the cooking appliance most likely to start a fire.

Send the press release and infographics to the media as soon as possible. Then, be sure to contact reporters to let them know you are available to discuss tips for ensuring a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


Sample Press Release

Turkey Fryer Video

Use these posts/tweets for social media, along with the hashtag “#IAFFsafetytips” to maximize your message.

  • Did you know that Thanksgiving Day cooking is the leading date for home cooking fires? Stay safe with our tips #IAFFsafetytips
  • A cooking fire is three times more likely to happen on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year! #IAFF​safetytips
  • Stay alert while cooking this Thanksgiving to avoid a home fire​ #IAFF​safetytips
  • Make sure you pay attention to all cooking materials and don’t leave anything flammable near a heat source! #IAFF​safetytips
  • Using a turkey fryer? Make sure you know how to do it safely! #IAFFsafetytips
  • Your local fire fighters advise you to cook with caution and pay attention in the kitchen this Thanksgiving! #IAFFsafetytips
  • Misusing equipment in the kitchen can very quickly lead to a home fire, so make sure you stay alert this Thanksgiving to make it a safe one! #IAFFsafetytips

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