With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Grand Junction Fire Department is urging everyone to take action to make this a safe holiday. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires in the United States. More than three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as a typical day of the year.
“There is so much going on around our homes during Thanksgiving, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s on the stove or in the oven,” said Ellis Thompson-Ellis, Community Outreach Specialist. “Consider setting timers not just for when food is done, but to refocus you on the cooking in case you get distracted.”
Know what to do if a cooking fire occurs.
Most cooking fires are preventable with a little added care and caution.
GJFD warns of the extreme danger of frying a turkey. If they are used, fryers should be located outdoors away from things that can catch on fire. Turkeys being fried must be completely defrosted and people should make sure that oil will not spill over when turkey is lowered in to the pot. If a turkey is not defrosted completely, the rapid rise in heat can cause water to expand, creating an explosion-like effect that can spray hot grease causing serious burns, injuries, and property damage.