Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

If you are thinking of deep-frying your turkey, watch a video for a demonstration of what can happen if you don't follow instructions.

Are you planning to deep-fry your holiday bird? If so, remember to follow proper fire safety precautions. 

Be sure to read the instructions for your fryer and completely thaw your turkey or chicken before frying it. Watch a video to see a first-hand demonstration of what can happen if you don't follow all instructions.

According to the Gwinnett Fire Department unsafe cooking practices are the leading cause of residential fires. Here are six fire safety tips for the kitchen:

  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, remember to check it regularly; use a timer to remind yourself that something is on the stove or in the oven
  • Keep anything that could catch fire, such as oven mitts, wood utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stovetop, oven, or any other heat producing appliance in the kitchen
  • Never wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking; remember to stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire and cool a burn injury with water until the pain goes away
  • Never attempt to cook if you are extremely tired or if you have consumed alcoholic beverages
  • Keep children and pets at a safe distance away from the oven or stove when cooking
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home


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