Louisiana Fire Marshall offers Thanksgiving safety tips

Louisiana Fire Marshall offers Thanksgiving safety tips

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In order to help keep everyone safe this Thanksgiving, the Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office is giving tips to those cooking on the upcoming holiday.

  • Never leave the kitchen unattended when frying, broiling, or boiling anything.
  • Remove flammable objects away from all heat sources. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stovetop to help prevent them from getting bumped off the stove.
  • Always monitor what you are cooking as it cooks. Use a timer to prevent overcooking or burning.
  • In case a fire does break out, keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby to smother a pan fire. It is also recommended to have and know how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Stay a alert while cooking. If oil or grease starts to smoke or boil in a pan, turn the burner OFF.
  • Wear short sleeves, or roll up long sleeves while cooking, and avoid leaning over the stovetop where clothing can catch fire. Use potholders and oven mitts when handling cookware.

For those frying turkeys, the USFA offers the following safety tips:

  • Be careful that cooking oil levels are appropriate for the size of the turkey, as overflowing oil can cause fire.
  • It is recommended that turkeys be completely thawed before putting them into cooking oil, as frozen turkeys can cause hot oil to splatter
  • Use a thermometer or thermostat to avoid overheating oil.
  • Remember that handles, sides, and lids can become dangerously hot.
  • Be careful positioning your turkey fryer, because tipping one over with hot cooking oil can be extremely hazardous.

Fire officials say that Thanksgiving day sees double the average number of home fires compared to any other day of the year.

For more safety tips, visit the USFA website HERE.

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