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FFD Offers Annual Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
Learn how to fight stovetop, oven and turkey fryer fires
Franklin, TN – Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with four times the average number, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Franklin Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Curt Edelmann suggests the following safety tips to keep your holiday and loved ones safer from fire:
- 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 in the oven and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 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 — 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.
If you encounter a cooking fire, Edelmann offers the following advice:
- Stovetop grease fire: Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. Call 911, even if you think the fire is out.
- Oven or microwave fire: Turn off the heat or power and keep the door closed. Call 911.
- Turkey fryer fire: If you see smoke coming off your pot or oil, that’s a sign it has overheated and is nearing ignition. Shut it off and let the oil cool down. Keep a multi-purpose, “ABC” fire extinguisher close by in case a fire does start. Use it only after calling 911. To use your extinguisher remember the acronym “PASS”:
- Pull the pin
- Aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the handle
- Sweep back and forth from side to side until the fire is out