The Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co. and Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to wish residents across the throughout the area happy holidays and remind you to use safe practices in all of your activities when celebrating with friends and family this holiday season.
“This is the time of year where we gather around dinner tables, fire places, Christmas trees, and candles. It’s important to put safety first when celebrating the holiday traditions that are unique to your family in order to keep each other safe and well through the New Year,” said Fire Marshal Geraci.
Review the fire and life safety tips below that can help to insure your family celebrations this holiday season are fun and safe events, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety
Always remain in the kitchen when cooking on the stove top and stay in the home when your oven is in use.
Keep all children at least 3 feet away from the stove when you are cooking.
Keep the kitchen floor clear of obstructions that could cause someone to trip, slip, or fall while they’re carrying hot items.
Never deep fry a frozen turkey !!! Always be certain your turkey is 100% thawed and dry before frying. For thawing information click here.
Never leave a fryer unattended and always keep children and pets away from the area.
Never operate a fryer outdoors in rain or snow and be sure it is placed on a level, sturdy surface away from trees and combustible structures.
Let oil cool overnight before disposing.
Leave at least two-feet between tank and burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
Don’t overfill the fryer and be sure to turn the burner off just before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner back on.
Utilize protective equipment, such as eye protection and grill mitts, when frying.
Do not use deep fryers, knives, ovens, or stove tops while intoxicated.
By following these tips you can help insure your Thanksgiving holiday is a happy and fire safe one!!