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Nov 19, 2018

You can see it now: a delicious apple pie aroma baking through the air, dollops of mashed potatoes waiting to be doused in gravy and the final touches of a turkey being basted before it’s served. As you prepare the table with a cornucopia of dishes for Thanksgiving this year, keep in mind of these safety tips to prevent any fires or mishaps.

Check your alarms Make sure both your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly operating.

Use an approved turkey fryer with four legs and a built-in thermostat to maintain proper oil temperature — double-check to make sure the fryer can’t tip over!

Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry. Don’t stuff the bird or forget to take out the gizzards. Allow a frozen bird 24 hours of thawing for every 4-5 pounds. 

Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. For apartment residents, outside cooking devices must be kept at least 10 feet from any building or wall, can’t be under an overhang (such as a balcony) or above the first floor.

Beware of splashing oil! It can cause a flash fire or serious burns, so lower in the turkey slowly. Be sure to wear fry gloves, too, regular oven mittens might not be insulated enough.

Vent the kitchen. Run any vents or open any windows/doors you have in the kitchen, especially the one over the stove (it’s a common source of carbon monoxide, especially if you’re cooking for several hours). Allow fresh air to circulate at least once an hour.

Always make time for a final inspection of the home and ensure all appliances and gas tanks are turned off with any ashes put in a pail of water. Extinguish any candles and properly discard of any smoking material.

In case of a fire call 9–1–1. Evacuate the building and go to a safe place.

Thanksgiving Day is known to have more cooking fires than any day of the year. Be safe out there!