Thanksgiving – A time for celebration and safety

From the Olathe Fire Department:

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for celebration, family and friends. Although safety in the kitchen is always crucial, the threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Home cooking fires occur more often on Thanksgiving Day than any other day. Help ensure a safer Thanksgiving holiday celebration with these tips:

Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food – unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Keep things that can burn like towels, paper, curtains, etc. away from the stove top.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking – loose clothing can catch fire.

Another cause for Thanksgiving Day concern is deep fried turkeys. Deep fried turkeys are a popular Thanksgiving treat. But, outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers create serious safety concerns such as:

Hot oil may spill onto the open burner and create a fire – some fryers have as much as 35 quarts of oil.
Cooking oil may be heated beyond its cooking temperatures and the vapors can ignite.
Many fryers can easily tip over and spill hot, scalding oil onto anyone or anything nearby.
The fryer’s sides, lids and handles get extremely hot and can cause severe burns.

Did you know that Underwriters Laboratory Inc., a global product safety testing and certification source with more than a century of experience, does not certify any turkey fryer with the trusted UL mark? Leave deep fried turkeys to the culinary professionals.

Video from a gas-fueled outdoor turkey fryer hazard demonstration is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElYnTiZHdMM. The video shows a partially frozen turkey being placed in a propane-fueled fryer and an incredible reaction of hot oil bubbling out of the fryer and onto its burner. The scalding oil covers the wood surface below – the oil is hot enough to cause a severe or third degree burn in less than one second.

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