Safe Cooking Information from the Paducah Fire Department for Thanksgiving

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Date of release:  November 21, 2016

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the Paducah Fire Department wants to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, home cooking fires happen most often on Thanksgiving with the number of home fires doubling on that holiday.

Fire Chief Steve Kyle says, “A family’s kitchen is extremely busy on Thanksgiving since families may be cooking more items than usual.  Plus, kitchens are often gathering places full of conversation and story-telling.  Unfortunately, accidents happen.  I encourage everyone to make safety a priority since cooking is the main cause of home fire and fire injuries.”

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry says, “With so much family activity in addition to parades and football on T.V. during the holidays, it’s easy to get distracted.  I suggest using timers so that you don’t forget about item in the oven.  Stay near the stove if you are boiling potatoes or frying items. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.”   

Below is additional safety information. 

  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up.
  • Keep a lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Keep the area around the stove clear of anything that can burn such as packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.

turkey fryer safetyIf you are frying a turkey,

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil.  If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Always use the fryer outdoors, and never use it on a wooden deck or in a garage.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and a home fire escape plan.