Helpful Tips for a Happy & Safe ThanksgivingWednesday, November 21st, 2018, 11:59 am
- Stay in the kitchen; don’t leave cooking food unattended. If you’re simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly. Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep the area around the stove clean and clutter free. Clear away towels, papers, pot holders or anything that could burn.
- Enforce a “kid-free zone” of three feet around your stove.
- Keep a pot lid handy to smother a pan fire. Do not attempt to pick up the pot or pan. Shut off the heat and cover the fire with a lid.
- Prevent spills by using the back burner when possible and turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. DO NOT USE WATER! It will cause splashing and spread the fire.
Don’t Let Your Turkey Fryer Fry You!
In recent years, deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular; however, this new tradition is a large risk. Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety consulting and certification company, has decided not to safety certify any turkey fryers due to the increasing number of fires and burn injuries related to their use. The use of turkey fryers are considered a serious injury and fire risk because:
- As the turkey is placed in the hot oil, oil may spill from the fryer onto the burner, causing a fire.
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling the hot oil onto anyone nearby.
- Most turkey fryers do not have an automatic thermostat control. With no temperature control, the oil could overheat to the point of combustion and cause a fire.
- The turkey fryers, including the lid and handles, get extremely hot and may cause burns.
- Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect.
*Information provided by the Fire Department City of New York Safety Education, U.S. Fire Administration & FEMA.