CAL Fire: Thanksgiving Is Peak Day For Home Cooking Fires

Faith Castro
November 24, 2017

The holidays may be merry and bright, but they can also be very risky.

Make sure kids stay away form any hot liquids.

Jackson County's Fire District 3 is offering cooking tips on how to stay safe while in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. A helpful acronym is P.A.S.S. "P" for pull the pin, "A" is for aim for the fire, "S" is for squeeze the handle and the last "S" is to spray the base of the fire.

Red Cross volunteer Mike O'Brien talking about the rash of recent fires.

Deep fryers are a popular way to prepare your meal on Thanksgiving, but also could be the most risky.

Thanksgiving is the traditional day of the year where a lot of cooking is going on in homes across the nation.

"If they're using a fire, keep it outside, keep it on a level stable surface". Oil and water do not mix; water can cause the oil to spill over and start a fire.

As you plan your Thanksgiving menu it's important not to forget about fire safety.

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The Chief Deputy Fire Marshal said the amount of home fires double on Thanksgiving day because so many people are cooking. The NFPA shows that this surpasses the average by 4 times!

"At Thanksgiving, when people are cooking multiple dishes and entertaining guests, it's easy to get distracted", said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. A partially frozen or wet turkey can cause the splatter and overflow causing a fire.

Once it comes into contact with a flame, it becomes a fireball.

When using a turkey fryer take all necessary safety precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your property.

Fire officials also advise residents to avoid cooking when they are sleepy or drinking alcohol.

Children are also at risk and should be kept clear of the kitchen.

"We should always be taking into consideration the safety of ourselves and of our family", says Cordonnier. Typically on this holiday several dishes are cooking in the kitchen at once.

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