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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