Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.

Some tips to follow are:
  1. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove and keep an eye on the food.
  2. If you must step away, set a kitchen timer so you don't get distracted by guests.
  3. Keep items that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, and towels, away from the cooking area.
  4. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
PREVENT A TURKEY FRYER FIRE
  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface away from anything that will burn. Have a "3-foot kid and pet-free zone" around your fryer.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside. Determine the correct amount of oil needed prior to placing turkey in pot.
  3. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.
  4. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire. Check the temperature often.
  5. The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause a burn injury. Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.

Have a happy and safe holiday.

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