Fire officials, NFPA, offer cooking safety tips ahead of holiday season

Turkey with Leaves And Oranges For Christmas And Thanksgiving

RAYNHAM, Mass. (WLNE) – Fire officials from the Raynham and Taunton Fire Departments are advising the public to cook safely this holiday season.

The National Fire Prevention Association said that Thanksgiving is the peak for home cooking fires.

Those planning on cooking should follow the following guidelines to ensure safety:

  • Never leave anything cooking unattended.
  • The NFPA discourages the use of deep fryers for cooking turkeys, but those who do use one should do so on a flat surface outdoors and at least 10 feet away from structures, including porches. Turkeys should be completely thawed and dried before being placed in the deep fryer to avoid flare-ups.
  • Stand by your pan! If a grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid – while wearing an oven mitt – over the pan. If safe to do so, turn off the heat source. Do not move the pan, and keep the lid on until the fire is out and the pan is completely cool.
  • Stay home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children and pets away from the stove. Kids and pets should be kept 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
    Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep the kitchen and dining room floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags while cooking or handling food.
  • Test your smoke alarms and make sure their batteries are replaced if needed.
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