Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Local fire department offers Thanksgiving fire safety tips

Local fire department offers Thanksgiving fire safety tips

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires.

"The problem is we panic and react without thinking", explained Springfield Fire Department spokesperson Cara Erwin.

"If you plan to have guests staying with you over the holidays, be sure to review your home fire escape plan with them", Solobay said.

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If you are deep frying your turkey, Dahl advices preparing in advance.

Jackson County's Fire District 3 is offering cooking tips on how to stay safe while in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. It could spread the fire. It is important to wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves as loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners or gas flames and catch fire.

"You want to use the shield method when you hold it, place it over the pan, turn the heat off, let it cool", Mooney said.

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"Some of the big "don'ts" that we see often are cooking a turkey on an area that's not great for fryer grease", said Blakely. Test them by pushing the test button.

"People get in a hurry, get several things on the stove cooking, then someone comes in", he said. Unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires and deaths. "Before you know it, something goes wrong and there is the potential for a fire". Timers make good friends, but the food also should regularly be checked to make sure it isn't burnt.

Matt would also advise to those using turkey fryers to keep a close eye on them, don't leave it unattended, use them outside but keep them away from walls, trees, and off decks.

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In case of an emergency, he strongly recommends using a fire extinguisher to control the fire. Turkey fryers account for nearly half of all reported home fires and injuries. "With the holiday season, it's not something we typically think of, but again, the stats don't lie according to the NFPA".

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