Stay Safe While Cooking This Thanksgiving

Turkey fryer

More home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Whether you are preparing food indoors or outdoors, the agency has several cooking tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

  • Keep an eye on what you fry. Most cooking fires start when someone is frying food.
  • Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn off the burner.
  • Be awake and alert. Alcohol and some drugs can make you sleepy.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll up long sleeves to prevent them from catching fire.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from a hot stove or fryer.
  • Turn pot handles away from you to reduce the risk of bumping or pulling them off the stove.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stove or fryer, such as dish towels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.

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