Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving dinner is one of most special meals of the year for any family, but without proper care and attention, it may turn disastrous. In fact. according to the National Fire Protection Association, “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average.” This is why it is so important to practice the proper fire safety when cooking your delicious turkey. Check out these tips listed below to ensure your Thanksgiving doesn’t go up in flames.
For general oven and stovetop cooking:
- Always stay in the kitchen to attend your food while cooking on the stove.
- Frequently check the oven where your turkey is being cooked.
- Keep children and pets away from any hot surfaces.
- Keep all cooking surfaces clear of unneeded items, including the floor to avoid trips and falls.
- Test your smoke alarms before starting
- Know where you keep your fire extinguisher and make sure it hasn’t expired.
If you prefer your turkey deep fried:
- Only use a deep fryer outside, at least 10 feet away from your house and anything flammable.
- Make sure the fryer is at ground level on a flat and sturdy surface
- Place the turkey in the pot with water before using oil to test the correct amount needed for cooking.
- Wear long protective gloves that cover your hands and arms.
- Thaw the turkey completely before frying.
- Frequently use a cooking thermometer so that the oil doesn’t overheat.
- DO NOT use water on a grease fire so make sure to always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- If you don’t have a working fire extinguisher on hand, you can use baking soda in an emergency.
The most important safety tip, however, is to call 911 when a fire grows out of control.
We hope that this friendly fire safety reminder will help you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving to the fullest. And if your family does experience a fire, know that our family is just a phone call away, fully prepared to clean up any damage. For more fire safety tips, you can visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving and https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html