There's just one week until Thanksgiving and you know what that means. Lots of cooking!
"The holiday season is upon us, so here are some turkey frying and cooking safety tips," said Fire Marshal Lance West. "Following these tips while the family is all gathered around will ensure safe and fun times. We want to help you avoid mishaps in the kitchen or garage."
Make sure to "cook with caution."
-- Be alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or oven.
-- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
-- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
-- Keep anything that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from your stovetop.
If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire:
-- On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
-- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Many people like to deep fry their turkey, a technique that has its own challenges. If you try and deep fry your Thanksgiving dinner:
-- Choose a safe, open area outside.
-- Use oil with a high smoking point.
-- Measure the exact amount of oil.
-- Wear protective mitts or gloves.
-- Never leave the fryer unattended.
-- Do not submerge a frozen turkey.
-- Do not let the oil exceed 350 degrees.