Cook Safely this Holiday Season

Did you know?

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and is involved in 46% of all reported home fires.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day.

Follow these tips to be safe in the kitchen during the holidays and throughout the year:

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying food. Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor in home kitchen fires.
  • If you are have food simmering on the stove or baking/roasting in the oven and leave the room, take a timer, oven mitt or wooden spoon as a reminder that you have something cooking.
  • Keep a lid near the stove. If a pan of food catches fire, slide the lid over it and turn off the burner.
  • Stay awake. Don't cook if you are drowsy from alcohol or medication.
  • Check your clothing. Wear tight-fitting, rolled-up, or short sleeves when cooking.
  • Use oven mitts to handle hot pans.
  • Keep combustibles away from cooking equipment. Keep cooking areas clean and clear of items such as potholders, curtains, towels, rags and food packaging.

Deep frying a turkey

The National Fire Protection Association continues to discourage the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil, believing that their current design poses a significant danger to consumers.

If you do decide to deep fry your turkey:

  • Use the fryer outside, more than 10 feet from your home and any combustible material. Place the fryer on a level surface and never leave it unattended. Do not use the fryer in rain or snow. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry. Water or ice that mixes with the hot oil can cause a fire.
  • Turn the burner off before lowering the turkey very slowly into the oil. Then turn the burner back on.
  • Monitor the oil temperature at all times and don't allow it to become too hot.
  • The turkey fryer lid and handle can become very hot. Use caution when touching the fryer and always keep children a safe distance away. Allow the oil to cool overnight before disposing.
  • Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher nearby in case the oil ignites.
  • Consider an oil-less turkey fryer that uses infrared heat to cook the turkey.

Watch this deep fryer demonstration video for more information.