OFD Says: Cook Safely This Thanksgiving

OSWEGO – According to the U.S Fire Administration, there are more home fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year.

That equates to more than 2,000 home fires on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, almost double the average number of fires on a typical day.

“Most fires on Thanksgiving occur between noon and 4 p.m. – the peak cooking hours,” Oswego Fire Chief Randy Griffin said. “Many of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and remaining in the kitchen while cooking.”

Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to combustibles, product misuse and cooking equipment that is not properly
turned off.

The use of turkey fryers – which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures – also poses a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.

Residents are reminded to use extreme caution when using a turkey fryer and to follow manufacturer instructions carefully.

Turkey fryers should only be used outdoors and away from structures.

Thanksgiving is also a peak time for cooking related burns.

To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don’t come into contact
with them.

Appliances that get hot, such as toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child’s reach.

Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.

The Oswego Fire Department wishes residents a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!