Be careful of home-cooking fires this Thanksgiving

Be careful of home-cooking fires this Thanksgiving

Be careful of home-cooking fires this Thanksgiving

Never open the door until the fire is completely out. This applies to microwave ovens, too. Oil and water do not mix; water can cause the oil to spill over and start a fire. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

Thanksgiving turkey can be delicious, but in some homes it can be quite risky.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Turkey Day is the number one day all year for home-cooking fires.

"We're not used to cooking such a big meal every day", said Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Anderson, who's responded to many a house and deck fire on Thanksgiving in the city of Fargo during his vehicle. I'd say two minutes later, the firefighters they were there.

Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires and fire deaths, according to the association's report. Not only are there more people cooking more food but there are more people watching - sometimes small children - in a relatively small space.

"I was shocked. When they came back, my son thought they were there to investigate the stove and see what happened".

But even seasoned cooks might have trouble with frying turkeys, which has become more and more popular - and more and more of a problem - over the past few years as the Huntington Fire Department has worked to snuff out Thanksgiving flames. "On Thanksgiving day we tend to have multiple items cooking on the stove with many family members surrounding us".

He wants people to be prepared with a fire extinguisher, just in case. "Don't leave something cooking on the stove unattended, and make sure the smoke detectors are operational".

The department gets slightly more kitchen and cooking related calls during the holidays, Good said. "Any closer than that, you're asking for trouble", Green said. To help keep the community educated on potential dangers of frying a turkey, Jackson County's Fire District 3 staged a demonstration on how not to fry a turkey. A lid can be placed on the pot and stop the fire from spreading.

The second-leading day? The one right before Thanksgiving.

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

Related news