Thanksgiving - Top Day for Home Cooking Fires
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:59:56 EST
State officials say Thanksgiving Day is the top day for home cooking fires, and urges everyone to observe fire safety in the kitchen, and when using portable deep fryers to cook turkeys.
State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer says "Unattended cooking is the main cause of residential fires, especially on Thanksgiving when busy cooks can be distracted." The amount of fires reported on Thanksgiving more than doubles.
“Deep frying a turkey in several gallons of hot oil over 350 degrees is as flammable as gasoline if the cooking oil vapors ignite,” said Sehlmeyer, adding that you should never use such devices indoors, and under, or on a porch deck. They should be well away from houses, garages, decks, trees, bushes and other outdoor hazards.
Various other common sense safety precautions should be observed as well.
For a list of safety tips, check out this story on our news page at WATZ dot com.
On the web:
Michigan Bureau of Fire Services - www.michigan.gov/bfs