Officials warn residents to use caution on Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving next week, State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy wants to remind residents to think twice about fire safety.
Most home cooking fires are the result of the range or stove being left unattended.
Never leave your cooking area. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner or oven off.
Watch what you are cooking, fires can start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or if any grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
According to Duffy, Underwriters Laboratories considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use as they present numerous safety hazards. “We’re worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use,” says John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. “Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks.”
If you use a turkey fryer, please only use them outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials, never in a garage or on a wooden deck.
For more information on cooking safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org.