Cooking and Fire Safety
November 26, 2010
According to information provided by the Ketchikan Fire Department, in 2008, firefighters nationwide responded to more than 1,300 cooking-related house fires during the Thanksgiving holiday. These fires resulted in more than 400 needless deaths.
One of the biggest problems is people using deep fat fryers to cook their turkeys during the holidays. “People often don't know how to use them properly and they don't read the directions. When an accident happens, they are not prepared. They put their property, themselves, and their guests or family at risk. One of the problems seen nationally is people will drop the turkey in the extremely hot oil not realizing there's ice and water inside the turkey. This can cause a very violent steam explosion (boil-over), sending extremely hot oil out of the pot. This can cause serious burn injuries and/or fire.”
The Ketchikan Fire Department offers the following cooking tips:
As we enter into the Holiday Seasons begin... holidays are supposed to be happy and safe. Take a few minutes and check your residence for fire and safety hazards. The Ketchikan Fire Department has free information available that can help you avoid a fire and help you and your family stay safe this holiday season.
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