Fire-Safe Feast: Thanksgiving Cooking SafetyTips from Calvert County Fire-Rescue-EMS
By FREMS Division Erin Ward
November 21, 2023

As we gather with friends and family to celebrate, lets ensure a safe and joyous holiday. Here are some cooking safety tips to keep in mind:

~ Stay in the Kitchen: Never leave cooking food unattended. Whether you're frying, baking, or broiling, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the stove.

~ Check Smoke Alarms: Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. They are crucial for early detection in case of a fire.

~ Keep a Safe Distance: Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove and hot surfaces. Establish a kid-free zone to prevent accidents.

~ Turkey Fryer Caution: If you're using a turkey fryer, do so outdoors and away from structures. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, and never overfill the fryer.

~ Proper Thawing: If you're cooking a frozen turkey, make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave. Never thaw it on the counter to avoid bacterial growth.

~ Be Cautious with Clothing: Avoid wearing loose sleeves or clothing that can easily catch fire. Opt for short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.

~ Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy: Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it. It's a quick and effective way to control a small fire.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving filled with warmth, gratitude, and moments to cherish.