Turkey Time: Fire crews give safety tips for winter, Thanksgiving holiday

24 November, 2017, 02:22 | Author: Hope Soto
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The National Fire Protection Association reports that cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires.

Cooking fires are very common and usually avoidable. Just make sure you always have someone there watching it", says Captain Kevin Ivy, Lubbock Fire Rescue, "You want to make sure that you're always paying attention and around that area. Make sure you have your turkey fryer at the correct level.

If you leave them in, he said that's okay but it's important to keep in mind that adds extra cooking time. It could spread the fire. If there is an oven fire, keep the door closed and turn off the heat.

"NFPA does not recommend the use of outdoor, gas-fueled turkey fryers", said Cordonnier.

In 2015, there were 1,760 fires that day nationally while the daily average for home-cooking fires is 490, according to the association. Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and turn off the burners when you leave the kitchen.

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Cooking equipment was involved in nearly half of all reported house fires and injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Use an appropriate fire extinguisher, or baking soda, salt, or a tight lid.

"And good cooking", Nowlin said. "And the more oxygen you givea fire, the bigger it's going to get".

The Topeka Fire Department wants to remind everyone to have a safe and happy holiday.

Do not forget to clean and clear the area around the stove before you start cooking and always stand by your pan. So, we went to the Hattiesburg Fire Department for a quick reminder on safety tips for before getting in the kitchen. NEVER use water to extinguish a cooking oil or grease fire. "No alcohol, and make sure the bird is completely thawed and dried, towel dried, before they put it in the oil", said Vasser. "With the holiday season, it's not something we typically think of, but again, the stats don't lie according to the NFPA".

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