Scottsdale Fire urges residents to take precautions on Thanksgiving

Scottsdale fire officials urge residents to take a few simple precautions can keep your holiday meals picture perfect.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  This can be devastating if these fires cause significant property damage or injury to the many family and friends who often surround the table during the holiday.

To stay safe keep these tips in mind:

If you leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the appliance. 1118Ns News (Oven)

Unattended cooking is by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires, according to a press release.

According to the NFPA, two-thirds of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Ranges accounted for the largest share–58 percent–of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16 percent.

When cooking, choose apparel that is close fitting. 

Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1 percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 16 percent of cooking fire deaths, says the NFPA. Flowing sleeves can drag across food and cause spillage or catch on burners that results in fire.

If using a turkey fryer, closed-toed shoes are a must and cooks should consider wearing an apron and using mitts.

Take precaution when using a turkey fryer.

Speaking of turkey fryers, special care needs to be taken to avoid severe burns.

  1. The fryer should be on a sturdy base.
  2. Consider the size and weight of the turkey so that the amount of oil does not overflow.
  3. Do not drop the turkey into the fryer.
  4. Ensure the turkey is completely thawed before placing it in the fryer.

Although this appliance can make a delicious turkey, it also poses the greatest risk of most severe burns and property damage because of splashing and splattering of oil, the release stated.

Keep those fire extinguishers close by — but also understand their limitations.

Three of every five reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves, says the NFPA.

If a fire starts, call 911.

Getting the first responders headed your way helps reduce the risk of further injury or fire damage.

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