Thanksgiving is nearly here and we can even gather with friends and family again!
Amongst all the festivities and socializing, we want everyone to be safe while all the food is cooking.
Here's some tips to follow!
Thanksgiving fire safety tips
- Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen even for a few minutes, turn off the stove.
- When cooking your turkey, check on it frequently and never leave the house.
- Use a cooking timer to remind you when it’s time to turn off the stove or oven (or to switch the pans).
- Keep flammable things, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, your clothing, or food packaging, away from the stovetop.
- When cooking, keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Put it out by sliding the lid over the pan and then turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. Never throw water onto a grease fire!
- Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen for extra prevention.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from a hot stove, hot food, and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee can cause serious burns.
- Make sure electric cords aren’t dangling off the counter within easy reach of children or pets.
- Ensure your smoke alarms are working by testing them at least once a month and replacing batteries once a year.
How to prevent turkey fryer fires and injuries
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. They also urge those who prefer deep-fried turkey to consider the new type of “oil-less turkey fryer.” However, if you still prefer the traditional hot oil fryers, consider these safety tips:
- Only use your turkey fryer outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from people, pets, and combustible things.
- Don’t overfill the cooking pot. Ahead of time, test the turkey in the pot with water to determine the correct amount of oil you will need.
- Ensure your turkey is completely defrosted before you fry it to prevent hot oil from splattering.
- Use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature of your fryer as it can easily overheat and start a fire.
- Wear long cooking gloves to protect your hands when handling the turkey fryer.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never ever use water to put out a fire in a fryer.
In the event of a cooking fire:
- If it’s an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- For a stovetop fire, put a lid on it and turn off the elements.
- If the fire is out of control, get everyone out of the house and close the door behind you to help contain it.
- Call 911 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
- If you try using the fire extinguisher, make sure others are getting out and that you have a clear path out of the home. Have someone call the fire department at the same time.