Fire Departments in the Tampa Bay Area are showing residents just how dangerous cooking a turkey can be.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires, with U.S. Fire Departments responding to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Stand by your pan this Thanksgiving and keep your family safe. Use your turkey fryer outdoors. Never in your garage. Never on a porch. #turkeypardon pic.twitter.com/XYz6uRfoHV
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) November 21, 2017
The American Red Cross offers the following cooking safety tips:
- Check food regularly.
- Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
- Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.