Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
- November 11, 2020
- Fire Department
- Marlee Boenig - 270-393-3120
- Bowling Green, KY
Thanksgiving is the peak day for household cooking fires. The Bowling Green Fire Department would like to offer some tips to help keep your family safe.
- Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the amount of oil to add to your turkey fryer; do not overfill and risk starting a fire.
- Never leave turkey fryers unattended. Monitor the temperature closely. If smoke comes from the oil, turn the burner off - the oil is overheated.
- As you're preparing your holiday meal, use timers as a reminder to check your food periodically to help lessen the chance of a kitchen fire.
- Only use turkey fryers outdoors away from anything that can catch fire. Never place it on wooden decks, in a garage or under carports.
- If deep frying turkeys, the turkey must be thawed. Frozen turkeys placed in hot oil can be explosive and very dangerous.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Wear short close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking to help prevent them from dangling and catching fire on a stove burner.
- When cooking, turn pot handles away from the stove's edge to prevent the pan from being knocked or pulled off the stove.
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove while cooking.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them monthly by pushing the test button.
- Invest in an all purpose fire extinguisher and learn how to properly use it.
- Practice your fire escape plan at least twice per year and make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in the event of a fire.
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