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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

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   What comes to mind when thinking of Thanksgiving? Is it turkey and feasting, or spending time with family? Most people do not think of fires, but Thanksgiving is actually the most common day of the year for cooking fires.

  To prevent your Thanksgiving celebration from going up in flames, follow these do’s and don’ts.

DO:

  Keep an eye on your cooking. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Analysis and Research Division, unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in cooking related fires and deaths on Thanksgiving of 2015.

DON’T:

  Overfill your turkey fryer if you are using one. Overfilling can result in hot oil splashing out of it and setting fire to surroundings.

DO:

  Make sure your smoke alarms are working. You can check them by pushing the test button on it.

DON’T:

  Leave hot oil or other hot food and liquids unattended and/or in reach of children or pets. Oil stays dangerously hot long after use, and poses a risk to young kids and pets who could get into it.

DO:

  Create a ‘no kids and pets’ zone of at least three feet around where you are cooking, to ensure no one is burned and seriously hurt.

DON’T:

  Use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in a garage. Use them outdoors, away from flammable objects to prevent larger fires from starting.

DO:

  Defrost your turkey completely, and dry it off afterwards. When water hits hot oil it sinks to the bottom and evaporates into steam rapidly, to rise back up. This makes the hot oil splash back upwards when the water vapor comes up, which then could cause fires or serious burns to anyone nearby.

DON’T:

  Use a turkey fryer when raining or snowing, for the same reason as defrosting your turkey completely.

  Please stay safe and have fun this Thanksgiving!

 

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

Danielle Perea is a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals. She enjoys music, playing the tenor saxophone, and chillin with her homie (her pet guinea pig.)

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