- Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires
- Cooking fires are the TOP CAUSE of home fires in our country
- Cooking fires occur most often when we leave food UNATTENDED
With more Thanksgiving gatherings at home this year and more individuals taking on the role of head chef for smaller gatherings, being aware of cooking safety is especially important this year.
Prevent Cooking Fires in the Kitchen:
- Keep an eye on what you fry! Never leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Move items that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains. Also keep children and pets at least three feet away.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking.
- When frying food, turn the burner off if you see smoke or if the grease starts to boil. Carefully remove the pan from the burner.
- Keep a pan lid or a cookie sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
Proactive Fire Prevention:
On average you have TWO MINUTES TO ESCAPE A FIRE. Test your smoke alarms monthly and practice your home fire escape plan until everyone can get out in less than two minutes — the amount of time you may have to get out of a burning home before it’s too late.
Now let’s talk about that tasty deep fried turkey some of us like to prepare. Never ever fry a frozen turkey. When a frozen turkey hits hot oil, steam evaporates and expands causing the oil to spill over the edges of the deep fryer and a fire is ignited. Watch this video to see how quickly things can go wrong and to learn more about how to safely use your deep fryer.