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City of Warrenville
28W701 Stafford Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
Ph: 630-393-9427
Seasonal Emergency Readiness
Cook Safely for Thanksgiving

Prevent your Thanksgiving from going up in flames.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), cooking is the main cause of home fires. Also, the peak day for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving.

Keep your holiday safe and fun. Follow these tips from the USFA:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the burner.
  • Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  • If you simmer, bake or roast food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packages, towels and curtains) away from your stovetop.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Then, no one can bump them or pull them over.
  • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches fire. This will put the fire out.
  • In the event of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it is cool.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

For more tips, visit the USFA's Cooking Fire Safety page. If you plan to deep fry your turkey, download the Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire tip sheet.

Winter Conditions

Winter storms can bring cause power outages that last for days. They can make roads and walkways extremely dangerous or impassable and close or limit critical community services such as public transportation, child care, health programs and schools. Injuries and death may occur from exposure, dangerous road conditions, carbon monoxide poisoning and other conditions.

Consider these winter tips from

  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Ensure you have fresh batteries in your carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a potable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
  • If you depend on electricity top operate medical equipment you should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.
  • After a snowstorm, avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, pusht the snow instead of lifting it when possible and lift lighter loads.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting lightweight, warm clothing rather than one later of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce hear loss.

For additional winter tips, visit the Snowstorms & Extreme Cold information found at