Cooking Safety

Thanksgiving safety tips

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires - unattended cooking being the leading contributor. Here are some tips to ensure a safe Thanksgiving:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top.
  • Stay in the home when cooking the turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. (And three feet from the heat).
  • Keep kitchen floor clear of clutter. (no tripping when working with hot food).
  • Keep knives out of kids reach.
  • Don't let electric appliance cords dangle off the edge of the countertop.
And specifically on deep-frying a turkey - it is dangerous for a variety of reasons:
  • Just frying foods increases the risk of a cooking fire.
  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over.
  • Overfilled cooking pots cause oil to spill over
  • A partially thawed turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
  • The pot, lid and handles can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries. 
So, the tips for a turkey fryer are:
  • Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy surface away from things that can burn. 
  • Do not overfill the fryer with oil.You can determine the correct amount of oil needed ahead of time by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before you fry it. 
  • Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat.
  • Use long cooking gloves that protect both hands and arms when you handle the fryer, lid or handles.  

Kitchen Safetystovetop firestop device

Cooking is the top cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking causes most fires in the kitchen. To avoid a kitchen fire:

  • Be alert. Don't use the stove if you're tired or have been drinking.
  • Stay in the kitchen while food cooks.
  • Use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking.
  • Keep flammable materials like oven mitts, wood utensils and food packaging away from the stove top.
  • Use a firestop device under your range hood or microwave to release a non-toxic fire suppressing powder if a fire does start.

If you have a kitchen fire:

  • Just get out! Close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Slide the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top.
  • If a fire starts in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Barbeque Safety

Only use grills outdoors. Position them well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and branches. Periodically remove grease from the tray below the grill.

City code prohibits those living in apartments and condominium communities from using gas or charcoal grills within 10 feet of the building or any other combustible construction, unless that building has an automated sprinkler system.