How NOT to Burn Your House Down this Thanksgiving

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Team at Firestorm

As many people prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we’d like to remind everyone to be careful in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires across the nation. Never leave the kitchen while cooking, not even for “just a minute”. Also, make sure that all combustible items remain away from the stove and cooking areas.

Additional Safety tips:

• Always use cooking equipment that is tested and approved by a recognized testing facility such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).

• Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food inside the oven as well.

• Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (i.e. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).

• Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet (1 meter) around the stove.

• Keep pets from underfoot so you do not trip while cooking. Also, keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto burners.

• Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.

• Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Don’t remove the lid until it is completely cool.

• Never pour water on a grease fire and never stand too close while discharging a fire extinguisher. The force of the extinguisher could push burning grease around the kitchen.

• If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.

• If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave.

• Always remember to call 9-1-1, if you have a fire.

• If an appliance is damaged by a fire, it should be checked and repaired by a qualified service technician before re-use or discarded.

If Frying your Turkey from Auston 360:

Don’t put too much oil in the fryer pot. Because turkey sizes vary so much, you can put the turkey in the pot with water and measure how much liquid the pot can handle.

Make sure the turkey is thawed completely. Ice and oil are a dangerous combination because the water evaporates, creating steam bubbles that pop and spray hot oil. Create enough of those steam bubbles and you’re in for a trip to the emergency room. Give the turkey at least an extra day longer in the fridge than you think it’s going to need, and pat the skin dry before frying.

Stay far away from structures. A third of fryer fires start in a garage or patio, so cook outdoors, away from buildings and covered areas and make sure the fryer isn’t set up on a wooden surface.

Don’t cover the turkey and don’t leave it alone. Someone needs to be watching the turkey in the oil at all times. The turkey should take about 45 minutes in the oil, so make sure you’re not distracted by guests, a football game or other cooking tasks.

 If you do have a fire, don’t use water to try to put it out. Use a multipurpose fire extinguisher and call 911 to report it.

If you’re grilling a turkey this year, make sure you have enough charcoal on hand to maintain a temperature of 350 to 400 degrees for several hours, and place the turkey on a roasting pan with some liquid and aromatics, which will help flavor the turkey and keep the fat from dripping onto the hot coals.

William Shatner on Frying a Turkey – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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