Be safe in the kitchen when cooking your holiday meal

Be safe in the kitchen when cooking your holiday meal

Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires in homes across the country according to the National Fire Protection Association which is offering tips so you can enjoy a safe holiday.

Cooking equipment was involved in nearly half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, it added.

- Deep-frying turkeys: Turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in cooking oil at high temperatures pose a significant danger of hot oil being released or spilled during cooking, leading to devastating burns, other injuries and property destruction.

" If you burn candles, never leave them unattended". The organization believes the fryers that use cooking oil are not suitable for use at home, no matter how well-informed or careful the consumer may be.

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The Bureau suggests the holiday is a good time to check household smoke and CO alarms, to ensure proper function.

The video above shows you what happens when you try to deep-fry a frozen turkey. This way, you won't forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. "If you prefer to use a turkey fryer, consider switching to the newer units available, electric or infrared models that are much safer than the turkey fryers that use oil".

Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.

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- Add oil to the fryer, but don't exceed the maximum fill line. Steam or splash from the food can lead to serious burns.

Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. Contact your local fire department for training.

Don't hesitate to call 911 for oven fires.

Thanksgiving is nearly here, so let's make it as safe as possible by following these safety tips from the United States Fire Administration.

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