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Cooking safety tips

Just Plain Craig | Nov 23, 201010:29 AM

Its that time of year when fire increase because of cooking accidents during the holidays.

1 - Never use water on a grease fire. Flour, Sugar, Salt if the fire spreads from the pot. You can use rice as a last resort but you need 3 times the amount compared to the other items. If its still in the pot cover it with a metal lid. Not a towel.

2- When deep frying a turkey first fill the pot with water then put the turkey in. This lets you know how much oil you need. Do not cook a frozen or even partially frozen turkey. Make sure the turkey is as dry as possible. Glazes are okay but water will make it bubble over and start a fire. Cook in the driveway not the backyard. If it spills or is knocked over it will go into the street and not the deck or house. Driveways are usually sloped away from the house. Have a LARGE bag of sand or dirt to put out a fire. Don't have kids around when cooking.

3- Before trying to put out a fire call 9-1-1 first. Even if you think the fire is out call 9-1-1. There might be fire in the walls that you can't see until the nieghbor is banging on the back door...hopefully.

4- If you have a fire get everyone out of the house before trying to put out the fire. Then call 9-1-1

5- Only try to put out a fire if its still small, no bigger then a trash can or top of the stove. And call 9-1-1 before you try.

6- Don't drink and cook.

7- Did I mention calling 9-1-1

I'm a 30+ year member of the fire service in Delaware as well as a safety instructor and I previously worked at the county 9-1-1 centrer for 9 yrs. Stay safe this holiday.

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