ROGERS, Ark. (KFTA) — Thanksgiving is only a few days away and before the festivities begin, there are a few safety issues your family should keep in mind.
The National Fire Protection Association stated unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires during the holidays. Captain Shawn Treat with the Rogers Fire Department said with more people in a space and multiple pots on the stove, staying diligent is crucial.
Be sure to pay close attention to the stove top as well as everyone coming in and out of the kitchen. However, if a fire does start, Captain Treat said the natural instinct to use water may not be correct.
“If you do happen to have a fire on the stove top, don’t put water on it, don’t throw flour on it, just put a lid on it,” Captain Treat said. “And if you do happen to have a fire in the oven, just leave it in the oven, It’s made for high temperatures.”
You may decide to deep fry your turkey this year. In that case, you should:
1. Make sure the turkey is thawed before putting it in the oil.
2. Place the fryer on a solid noncombustible base, like concrete, and away from the house
3. Keep combustible materials away from the fryer
4. Ensure the oil stays between 375 and 400 degrees
5. Do not overfill pot with oil. A line inside the pot should tell you how much it needs to be filled.