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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety
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The Clay County Fire Prevention Bureau would like all citizens to be aware of fire hazards during Thanksgiving Day. There is an estimated 2,000 fire in residential buildings during Thanksgiving with an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property losses.

These fires occur mostly in the afternoon hours between 12 – 4 pm.

Cooking is the leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings comprising of 69 percent. The leading category of factors contributing to fires is the misuse of material or product. Heat sources too close to combustibles and abandoned or discarded materials account for 14 percent. Below is a list of safety tips your family should be aware of:

  • Never leave a cooking fire unattended.
  • Remove all rags or combustibles away from cooking areas.
  • Never leave a child alone near cooking equipment
  • If using Turkey Fryers, please follow these tips:
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable or combustible materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have a thermostat control. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let Children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use
  • To avoid spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even explosion hazard.
  • Keep an all purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
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