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Holiday Fire Safety

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

charred turkey with flames Don't let your holidays go up in smoke! Make sure your bird is completely thawed before frying.

Whether its fried or baked, turkey is a stable of holiday feasts across the country.  Usually the centerpiece of a bounty of traditional homecooked meals, nothing can take the place of the treasured fowl of holiday fare.  It is important to take caution when preparing your celebratory spread.  Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in the United States.  Be sure to never leave your stove unattended and keep loose fabric such as kitchen towels away from burners. Keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case mishaps occur and never fry turkeys inside.  Frying turkeys has become an increasingly popular method of cooking and along with it comes an increased risk for fire.  Here are some tips for how to safely fry your bird:

  • Always be sure to fry your turkey outside.
  • Place your fryer on a stable, level surface.
  • Make sure the fryer is far away from flammable items and your home.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before frying.
  • Check the temperature of the oil often to prevent overheating.

For more tips on how to safely fry a turkey, visit the US Fire Administration website, by CLICKING HERE.

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