Enjoy Thanksgiving and Keep Safety in Mind

November 24, 2022

As families look forward to their Thanksgiving feast, fire safety is not often not their first concern. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity, people at home and children involved in holiday preparations. The City of Hollywood Department of Fire Rescue and Beach Safety would like to pass along these safety tips from the NFPA in an effort to help families keep their loved ones safe as they enjoy the day.

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
• When cooking your turkey stay in the home and check on it frequently.
• Keep children at least three feet away from hot stoves.
• Use caution around hot foods and liquids. Steam or splashing from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
• Keep floors clear of tripping hazards like toys, pocketbooks or bags.
• Keep knives and electric cords from kitchen appliances, matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children.
• Never leave lit candles unattended.
• Ensure your smoke alarms are working. Take a moment to test them by pushing the test button.

For more information on holiday fire safety tips, visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving.

Shop Small this Holiday Season
Support your favorite local Hollywood businesses, both in-store and online this holiday season. Small Business Saturday this year is on Saturday, November 26th, but please consider supporting your favorite small business all season long. In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to encourage people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year, the 12th Annual Small Business Saturday hit a record high with an estimated $23.3 billion in reported spending. These small businesses serve as the backbone of our economy and represent over 89% of Broward County's business community. Join the movement and remember to Shop Small in Hollywood this holiday season.