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FFD gives tips to help keep you safe this Thanksgiving

(Source: FFD News Release) (Source: FFD News Release)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Thanksgiving is a day when kitchens around the country will see a lot of action, and the Florence Fire Department (FFD) wants to help keep you and your family safe. It is the biggest day for home fires, with the average number of home fires being double compared to all other days.  

The FFD lists the following safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving.
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking. (frying, broiling or boiling)
• Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.
• Watch what you’re cooking. Use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking. 
• Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire. 
• Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. 
• Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware.
Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. If you are frying your turkey remember;
• Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. 
• An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot. 
• Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire. 
• Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. 
• The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

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