Thanksgiving is a the official beginning to the holiday season, and filled with the three F’s – Family, Friends and Food. With so much time being spent in the kitchen, please keep in mind these Fire Safety Tips. As much as we like to meet our neighbors, we don’t want it to be because under bad circumstances.
FIRE SAFE COOKING TIPS
•Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
•If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or broiling food, check on it regularly; remain in the home while food is cooking.
•Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, towels, or curtains – away from the stove top.
•Keep stove top, burners, and oven clean at all times. The build-up of grease and food can increase the chance for a fire to happen.
•Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
•Plug all electrical cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for cooking appliance, as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
•Keep children out of kitchen while cooking. The kitchen is not a play place, and too many people in the kitchen, is only asking for someone to get burned or injured.
IF YOU HAVE A COOKING FIRE
•When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close doors behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 after you leave.
•If you try to fight the fire, make sure everyone is out, and you have a clear path out, and 911 has been called.
•If a small grease fire starts in a pan, slide a lid over pan and turn burner off. Do not move pan, leave lid on pan till pan cools.
•In case of oven fire, turn off heat to oven and keep door closed. Never open door to oven till fire is completely out.
•If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off and unplug the microwave. Never open the door to microwave until fire is completely out.
•If your clothes catch fire – STOP, DROP, and ROLL – cover your face with your hands.
TURKEY FRYER SAFETY TIPS
•Use turkey fryer outdoors, away from buildings and all combustible material.
•Make sure fryer is on a flat non-combustible surface.
•Never leave fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. The oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
•Keep children and pets away from fryer even when you are done using the fryer. The oil can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.
•Make sure turkey has completely thawed. Oil and water do not mix; water causes oil to spill over causing a fire.
•To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
•Have an ABC rated fire extinguisher on hand when using the fryer.
SMOKE DETECTORS AND FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Fire safety is all about being prepared if a fire were to happen. Being prepared means having smoke detectors that you know are in working order, and having an escape plan in place. Smoke detectors need to be tested at least once a month, and replace those batteries at least once a year. Have a smoke detector on every floor of your house, and one in every bedroom of your house. The fire escape plan is necessary so you know what to do and where to go. If you have to think about what to do it could be too late. We all have heard the saying “practice makes perfect” that’s why schools have fire drills. You need to do the same thing at home.
Being prepared that’s the key to life safety in a fire situation!
Many thanks to the Bay City, Michigan Department of Public Safety for sharing these tips. Everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!