The Washington State Fire Marshal offers the following tips to keep yourself, your family and your property safe during the Thanksgiving holiday:
Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires? Many of these fires are the result of unattended cooking, and a number of these fires involve turkey fryers. This year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that residents plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun and food-filled holiday.
Keep your holiday dinner delicious by practicing safe habits while in the kitchen with these fire safety tips:
- Never leave the stove unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner or oven off.
- Keep your cooking area clear of anything that can burn.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to cover a pan fire.
- Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up.
- Keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher in an accessible location.
Turkey Fryer Caution
- Choose a fryer with thermostat controls to prevent oil from overheating.
- Before operating a turkey fryer, always read and follow the instruction manual.
- Thaw your turkey completely—ice will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.