Thanksgiving Day is known as the #1 day for home cooking fires. Cooking equipment is involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires on Thanksgiving Day. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fire deaths during the holiday. While preparing your Thanksgiving meal, consider the following safety tips to help promote safety in your kitchen.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top.
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove.
- Keep knives out of reach of children.
- Keep bags, cords and shoes off the floor to avoid tripping.
- Do not leave children unattended while in the kitchen.
Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
- A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
- The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.