According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usual


  • Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.

  • Use a timer and occasionally check what you’re cooking.

  • Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode when overheated.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it, but remember that…

  • Grease fires need to be treated differently than non-grease fires. Do not use water; turn off the heat; do not move the pan as you could splatter yourself; cover the pan with a metal lid to smother the fire; if the fire is small, baking soda if effective; if you have a CLASS B dry chemical extinguisher (which is different than your standard extinguishers), it should be used only as a last resort since it will contaminate your kitchen.

  • If you’re deep frying your bird, keep the fryer outside, away from walls and free from moisture.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are connected and in working order.

  • After the party, walk around the home and check that candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.

The Del Rey Residents Association wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.