Holiday fire safety urged

| November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Outdoor deep fryers require particular care in preparing turkeys.

Outdoor deep fryers require particular care in preparing turkeys.

Fire Inspector Angela Sanders
Federal Fire Department Hawaii
Did you know Thanksgiving Day is the No. 1 day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment?

Safety in the kitchen is always important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when a lot of activity and people are in the home.

“Turkey fryers cause over $15 million in fire damages, annually, from improper use or turkeys that are not thawed correctly,” said Prevention Chief Jeffrey Fernaays, Federal Fire Department Hawaii.

Fryer caution
Turkey fryers are not recommended in high hazard areas or areas not considered to be fire safe.

Follow the manufacturer’s operational safety guidelines for turkey fryers and make sure the turkey is properly thawed out prior to cooking.

Never place frozen or wet turkeys in the fryer. This action will cause serious damage and is extremely dangerous.

Follow these safety tips to have an enjoyable and fire safe Thanksgiving:

  • Indoor cooking should only be done in areas that are designed for that purpose.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop, so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay at least 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear, so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children. Place them up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Point of Contact
For more information about the Federal Fire Department, contact Fire Inspector Angela Sanders at (808) 471-3303, ext. 617.

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