Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
Use extreme caution if using a turkey fryer
- Set up the fryer outdoors away from anything that can burn. Never use the fryer in a garage or on a deck.
- Place the fryer on a flat surface.
- Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
- Thaw the turkey completely before frying. A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Monitor the oil temperature with a cooking thermometer so the oil won’t overheat. Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
- Remember to use oven mitts. The pot, lid, and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.
Additional cooking safety tips
- Always stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire (pot holders, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains) away from the stovetop.
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove or any cooking appliances.