Talking Turkey - About Fire Hazards
With the cold weather settling in, of course you’ll be wanting to keep your home cozy and warm. But be alert for fire hazards…
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen! Here are some tips to keep your holiday safe and happy!
Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
Use a timer and routinely check whatever you’re cooking.
If frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, and free from moisture.
Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode from the heat.
Ensure that pot holders and food wrappers are a safe distance— at least 3 feet from warmed surfaces (i.e. the stove). Position those handles so that they face inward.
Avoid dangling accessories or loose clothing while working around heated surfaces.
If using candles or the fireplace, keep these sources of fire shuttered or isolated, and never leave them unattended.
Never douse a grease fire with water, as the fire can spread. Turn off the burner, smother the flames with a lid (wearing an oven mitt!), or douse with baking soda or a fire extinguisher if it’s getting out of hand.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working.
You can call the pros at 1888-674-6854 (USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline) with any cooking questions!
The turkey is the biggest star this week. Make sure he evokes a round of applause— not a round of visits to the bathroom or, worse, the hospital.
Avoid fresh, stuffed turkeys; buy your turkey at least 1-2 days before you cook it, and keep it in the fridge; keep it in the freezer if you’ve bought it earlier.
Thaw in the refrigerator (every 4-5 lbs. needs one day to thaw).
Submerge the turkey (wrapped in leakproof packaging) in cold water (every 1 lb. needs 30 minutes to thaw). Your water should be changed every half hour.