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Columbia Fire Department (South Carolina)
Monday November 23rd, 2009 :: 09:27 a.m. EST


Columbia Fire Department

Holiday Fire Safety:

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires. U.S. firefighters responded to roughly 1,300 home fires involving cooking equipment on Thanksgiving in 2007, roughly three times the daily average of cooking fires, according to National Fire Protection Association.

Cooking Safety Tips:

• Use back burners on the stove and turn handles so that pots cannot be knocked or pulled over by children.

• Avoid using excessive heat.

• Never leave food, especially grease, unattended on the stove.

• Use a dry powder fire extinguisher on grease fires, or cover the pot with a cooking sheet or lid.

• Never put water on a grease fire.

• Keep stove clean of excessive grease.

• Keep any items that may burn three feet from heating appliances.

• Do not wear loose clothing such as long hanging sleeves and robes while cooking.

• Never carry children and hot food or liquids at the same time.

• Place cooking appliances such as coffee makers, fryers, and their cords out reach of children.

• Never use grills and other outdoor equipment, under carports, in garages, or in the house.
Deep Fried Turkey Cooking Tips:

• Follow your fryer’s instructions.

• Only deep fry smaller turkeys—up to 12 pounds.

• To determine how much oil you’ll need, put the turkey in the basket and place in the pot. Add water until it reaches one to two inches above the turkey. Lift the turkey out, and use a ruler to measure the distance from the water to the top of the fryer. Pour out the water and dry the fryer completely.

• Before frying, pat the turkey dry with paper towels to keep the hot oil from splattering and popping.

Safety Tips:

• Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn.

• Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.

• Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

• Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

• Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, hours after use.

• To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.

• Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.

Columbia Fire Department (South Carolina)
1800 Laurel St
Columbia, SC 29201

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-545-3700

Michael Thomas
Fire Prevention

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