Keep safety in mind with holiday cooking Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 November 2017
By Michael Campbell
Special to GUIDON

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day is normally double the average number of fires in homes all other days.

Help keep your community and organization safe by adhering to and sharing the following safety tips and social-media resources.
The Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department demonstrates potential hazards of frying a turkey. The oil not being measured correctly caused an overflow and combined with a wet turkey, caused the fire. Photo by Stephen Standifird, Public Affairs Office

— Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking, especially when frying, broiling or boiling at high temperatures.

— Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.

— Watch what you’re cooking.

— Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.

— Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. If you see smoke or the grease start to boil in your pan, turn the burner off.

— Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use pot holders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware.

Safety tips for turkey fryers
— Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

— An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in. A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.

— Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

— The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot. It is best to use turkey fryers outdoors and on a level surface.

Never use them in your home, garage or deck.

You can view some of the dangers associate with turkey fryers at

Contact the fire prevention office at 573.596.0886, for additional fire-safety information.

(Editor’s note: Campbell is a fire inspector with the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 November 2017 )