Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:16

Holiday cooking fires Featured

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BANGOR - While thanksgiving is a time to enjoy with family and friends and eating some turkey.

It's also the number one leading day for fires.


It comes down to folks getting to busy and distracted by their guest, which makes them forget about their turkey or meals they have in the oven.


Public education officer Jake Johnson said "Frying up something especially frying up something or you have something stove top you really need to stay in the kitchen."


Officials say between 2011 and 2015 fire departments responded to an annual average of 170,200 home fires involving cooking equipment. It only takes a minute for something to go from hot to on fire.


"if you're right there in the kitchen you can respond to it very quickly turn down the heat or if it's a small fire put it out. If you're in the other room you might not notice it until the fire spreads to the shelves and cabinets" said Johnson.


While frying turkeys has become more popular in recent years, cooking it in the oven is your safest beat, but if you're going to fry your turkey make sure it is completely thawed out before putting it in the fryer.


"Make sure the oil level is good make sure that you have an extinguisher near by just in case gloves are really important it does get really really hot and again just supervise" said Johnson.


Make sure to do it in a safe location like a driveway, and if it ever does go on fire never use water to put it out.


"Grease fire inside it's real simple you want to use a lid that's the best thing to do."


The number one thing people do wrong is "They try and get it outside and happens is they walk out with it and either drop it on the living room floor where it starts to spread or as they go out they spread the grease all over the place" said Johnson.


Shonna Narine

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