City releases Thanksgiving safety tips
–The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services is urging Paso Robles residents to observe a safe and fire free holiday this Thanksgiving.
Each year there are more than 4,000 fires on Thanksgiving Day, according to the U.S Fire Administration. To keep your home, friends and family safe, follow these tips:
In the kitchen:
- Make sure smoke detectors are working before starting your holiday cooking.
- Keep potholders and food wrappers away from heat sources in the kitchen.
- Avoid loose clothing and short sleeves when cooking.
- Turn pot and pan handles inward on the stove, to avoid accidents.
- Turn off stoves, ovens and kitchen appliances when finished using them.
- The use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.
- Read the instruction manual for your turkey fryer and follow the instructions, especially the safety recommendations. Learn how to safely use your specific model of turkey fryer.
- Place the fryer in a safe location, never indoors and away from flammable materials and structures.
- Position the fryer on a level, solid, non-flammable surface, and never on a wooden deck or over a dry lawn.
- Use good quality oil with a high smoke point and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for the minimum amount of oil to get the job done.
- There’s always the chance of a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher with a Class B rating nearby.
- Make sure that the turkey is completely thawed before lowering it into the oil. A frozen turkey can cause more splattering, because there might be pockets of ice in the body cavity. When the ice melts, the water will boil violently, causing a dangerous splatter situation.
- Protect yourself with the proper clothing; heat resistant gloves, closed toe shoes, long sleeves are needed to protect from splatters and wear safety glasses.
- Review this UL safety video for further reference: