As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, there have been no reported cooking fires in the city of Las Vegas during Thanksgiving, usually the day with the most cooking related fires than any other day of the year.
Yesterday, there was one reported oven fire when a rag dropped in an oven while a pie was baking, there was no damage associated with that incident.
Another hazard during Thanksgiving cooking is a build up of carbon monoxide. Because of long hours of cooking and kitchens are not well ventilated, there can be a build up of the deadly gas known as the silent killer. Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless and invisible, victims can be overcome without warning.
Firefighters responded to 809 Weaver Place at 10:19 Wednesday evening after the carbon monoxide detector activated and then people in the apartment called 9-1-1. Using special gas monitors, firefighters determined that the level of carbon monoxide in the apartment could be life threatening. A total of eight people, three adults and four children were in the apartment. One adult and all four children were taken to UMC to be checked out for exposure to carbon monoxide. Three adults were treated on scene and released. Firefighters worked to get the gas out of the apartment. Occupants said they were cooking all day in the small apartment.
Firefighters then responded to 1100 W. Monroe Ave at 1:55 this morning after the occupant called 9-1-1 to report their carbon monoxide detector was activated. Once again levels were found to be high and one child and one adult were taken to UMC to be checked for exposure to carbon monoxide. The victim said she was cooking all night.
When cooking for an extended amount of time, you should open a window or door and let fresh air into the kitchen once each hour or two.
In both instances, the carbon monoxide detector notified occupants of the deadly gas before it became life threatening.
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Incident: 2301460, 2301573