Cooking tips to avoid fires on Thanksgiving Day

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many are preparing their menus and to do lists for their turkey day festivities.

The Alabama Department of Insurance and State Fire Marsha’s Office are reminding those who will be in the kitchen on Thanksgiving of precautions they should take prior to cooking, to ensure safety.

First, everyone should use extra caution in the kitchen, as three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than other days.

Whoever is cooking should remain in the kitchen and keep a close eye on anything that is cooking. Closely watch anything frying, grilling or broiling, and frequently check food that is simmering, baking or roasting. Timers should be used to remind the cook that there is food still cooking.

Oven mitts, wooden or plastic utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains should be kept away from all items that are cooking to eliminate fire hazards. Anything that might be flammable should be safely tucked out of the way.

If a small grease or cooking fire does occur on the stove top, flames should be smothered by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. The pan should remain covered until it is completely cooled. For oven fires, turn the heat off and keep the door closed until the fire goes out.

Anyone using a disposable aluminum pan in the oven should consider using two pans to avoid puncture, as dripping juices could also cause a fire.

Finally, the cook needs to be alert. If you get sleepy or are consuming alcohol, get someone else to take over the cooking duties for you.

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