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Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the average number of home fires is double that of other days in the year.
To keep your home and our community safe this Thanksgiving, following these tips:
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking - Make sure you are alert and can respond quickly - Make your cooking area safe by moving flammables away from the stove and positioning pot handles so they can't be bumped - Be prepared by keeping a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire - Prevent burns by wearing short sleeves when you cook, not leaning over burners, and using potholders to handle hot cookwear.
If you're frying your turkey this year, remember that turkey fryers have the potential to cause fires and serious injury. To avoid this, follow these tips:
Place the fryer on a level surface and avoid moving it once it's in use - Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance from trees and other structures - ? Do not overfill the oil and be aware that deep fryers can easily tip over - Use thermostat controls so that you can monitor your fryer's temperature and ensure that it doesn't overheat. If the oil is heated above its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite, causing a fire - Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before placing it in the fryer. A partially thawed turkey will cause the oil to splatter, which can cause serious burns - Never leave a fryer unattended and ensure that children and pets are kept away from the fryer at all times - Wear protection on your arms and goggles on your eyes to protect from serious grease burns.
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