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Prevent Cooking Fires and Know What To Do If You Encounter One
Franklin, TN – There are more than three times as many cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day as there are on any other typical day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The leading cause is unattended cooking. Franklin Fire and Life Safety Educator Jamie Melton reminds you to be vigilant to prevent fire from ruining your holiday, and know what to do in case you encounter a small cooking fire:
- 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 B-rated or 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
Last but not least, Melton says it’s always okay to just get everyone out immediately. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.