2016-11-09 / Front Page

Turkey Day Fire Safety Tips

By Liz Goff
Thanksgiving is traditionally a day for family gatherings, football rivalries, swapping memories and gobbling down a great meal. In keeping with tradition, officials at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) last week released an early fire safety checklist and are urging Queens residents to take precautions to prevent turning Thanksgiving into a real turkey.

There’s more to the holiday than turkey and pumpkins, NFPA officials said. It’s also the time of year when home cooking fires reach their peak. The number of Turkey Day cooking fires reported in 2014 was more three times the national daily average, officials said.
The association is offering the following tips to help you prevent turning your holiday banquet into a bonfire:
Keep flammable items such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappings and packaging, paper and cloth towels and curtains away from the stove.
Remain alert and attentive while frying, grilling or broiling food – and remember that even a pot of boiling water must be watched. When water boils off, the pot overheats, burns and can burst into flames.
Turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen – even for a few moments.
When leaving food simmering, baking, roasting or boiling, check regularly and use a timer to remind you when each item is done.
“Thanksgiving can be a whirlwind of coking and entertaining guests,” the officials said.
“With so much multitasking taking place, fire hazards around the oven or stovetop can easily be overlooked. Cooks should be conscious of safety this Thanksgiving – and throughout the holiday season, whether the menu is meant to serve two or 20.”


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