Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires. The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving is normally double the average number of fires in homes all other days.
Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office Deputy Raymond Nance has some suggestions so everyone has a safe and happy holiday. Turkey fryers are very popular but never use one indoors. He says every year there is a fire where someone put the fryer inside a house or garage. Fryers can easily top spilling hot oil over a large area so make sure they set on a solid surface.
Nance says if your fryer doesn’t have a thermostat controls you may want to buy a thermometer. He says, “They range between $9 and $90 in price. Turkey frying is around 350 degrees. Once you hit 450 to 500-degrees, we have reached the temperature where the oil starts to smoke a little bit. This is also known as the “auto-ignition” temperature that means without any help from a flame that oil can burst into flames.”
Nance says roasting a turkey in the kitchen also need to use extra care. He says cooks need to stay in the kitchen when frying, broiling or boiling any foods at a high temperature. Be prepared and keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you have to smother a pan fire. If you see smoke or grease – including the drippings from the turkey- start to boil, turn the burner off. Another tip is to wear short sleeves when you cook or roll them up. This helps keep clothing away from heat and flames of burners.