Fire preparedness as you cook Thanksgiving dinner

West Florence hosts a live fire demonstration

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The West Florence Fire Department demonstrated how safely fry a turkey and how to properly put out a stove fire, just in case one starts while you're cooking.

"Make sure you don't actually use your outside cooker inside of a structure," said Captain Anthony Fox, West Florence Fire Department.

Captain Anthony Fox and the crew over at the West Florence Fire Department demonstrated the safe way to fry that turkey come Thanksgiving Day.

"Another thing we like to advocate is having a fire extinguisher nearby should something go wrong," said Fox.

The top two things to remember if you're frying a turkey is to make sure it's completely thawed and make sure you don't have too much oil in the pot, because it could spill over. You also want to keep a close eye on the pot to make sure it's not overheating.

"When you walk up to it you don't want to slam the lid down," said Fox.

Captain Fox says when a pot catches fire, the first thing people do is panic, but staying calm and in control can help you stop that fire from spreading to your cabinets and the rest of your home.

If a fire starts, you can slowly and calmly put a lid over the flaming pot or use a fire extinguisher or baking soda to put the fire out. Some people think sugar or flour can be used to bring a fire under control, but Fox said differently.

"It's got to be the baking soda, but beyond anything else you've got have a fire extinguisher in your house," said Fox.

According to State Farm Insurance, the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. Anytime, anything is on the stove you want to make sure you are carefully watching it.

Copyright 2013 WMBF News. All rights reserved.