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Posted on: November 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Thanksgiving Cooking Tips - Idaho Falls Fire Department

Thanksgiving Cooking2The Idaho Falls Fire Department and U.S. Fire Administration reminds families to keep safety at the front of the table when preparing holiday meals.

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. Add a pinch of fire safety to the menu by keeping these safety tips in mind.

Turkey

If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey,

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over-heated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors and at a safe distance from people, pets, structures and anything flammable.

Stuffing and Potatoes

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables

  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dishcloths; anything that can burn.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so they are not bumped.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season!  ###

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