Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Fire safety tips for Thanksgiving

Fire safety tips for Thanksgiving

Los Alamos Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Do not use water or ice to cool down an oil fire.

-To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, hours after use.

- Minimize sticking to the basket by submerging the empty basket in the hot oil for about 30 seconds, and remove and place turkey inside and submerge. A partially frozen or wet turkey can cause the splatter and overflow causing a fire.

-Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.

Though fried chicken is a southern staple, turkey - and virtually any other Thanksgiving food - can be submerged into bubbling oil this holiday season.

Check oil temperature often. Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.

The holidays are whatever you make them, so if that means eschewing the ideal turkey or tree for time with supportive, caring loved ones, your health and safety (and heart) may thank you. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.

Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).

Children are excited and curious about all the activity going on in their homes.

· Keep electric cords from appliances such as electric knives or mixers from dangling off the counter in reach of a child. The steam or splash from vegetables or gravy could cause serious burns. "These distractions may prompt them to walk away from the kitchen or forget something is cooking on the stovetop or in the oven".

Have a fire extinguisher nearby and use it in the case of a fire and call 911.

More home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Chief Ricky Shores from Columbus Fire and EMS says unattended cooking is one of the leading factors of home fires and fire deaths.

Cooking equipment was the cause of nearly half the kitchen fires reported, according to the fire association.

During the holidays large families gather in homes to enjoy the holiday season. Tell your guests or visitors about your fire escape plan. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Under no circumstances should anyone go back into a burning building, if someone is missing notify the dispatcher when calling 9-1-1.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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