Don’t be a Turkey this Thanksgiving; Tips and tricks to keep safe in the kitchen

Learn how to deep fry a turkey to perfection
Fire safety tips this Thanksgiving(tcw-wlox)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 3:53 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- As friends and family gather, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is urging everyone to remain vigilant and safe when cooking this Thanksgiving.

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, more home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving compared to any other day of the year. The best way to stay safe according to firemen is to be aware of your surroundings in the kitchen. It may be easy for the chef to get distracted by the added company and it may increase the risk of a fire. This can be reduced by simple things such as using a timer for each item that is being made.

More tips to help prevent a kitchen fire:

  • Remain in the kitchen while frying, grilling, baking or broiling food
  • Do not leave the kitchen if the stovetop is on, even if it is just for a second
  • Have kids remain outside of the kitchen while food is being prepared
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working
  • If something catches fire, DO NOT use water to put it out. Instead use flour or baking soda. Water may actually spread the fire.

The most important tip, according to officials is to know when to call for help.

“If you do have a situation, if you do have a fire in the kitchen or somewhere in the house, call the fire department. Oftentimes people think that it is something that they can handle and they wait too long so what would be a manageable event for the local fire department suddenly becomes a much more complicated affair” explained John D’Alessandro, the Secretary of FASNY.

D’Alessandro said to avoid frying the turkey if possible. However, if it is a must follow these guidelines.

  • Use turkey fryer only outdoors and on a sturdy surface, level, well away from anything that can burn
  • Have a 3 foot radius around the fryer that is a kid and pet-free zone
  • Know the correct amount of oil needed, overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when turkey is placed inside
    • Place turkey in pot of water to see how much the liquid will be displace
  • Make sure the turkey is fully defrosted. A frozen turkey will cause oil to spill over
  • Check the temperature of the oil frequent to make sure it is not overheating
  • Be extremely careful when removing the lid, or touching the handles of the pot being used

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