Cooking Safety



As the holiday's near experts warn, cooking is the leading cause of home fires with one out of three home fires beginning in the kitchen.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means a lot of people will be cooking for the big day.

"Well holidays is always a fun time. There's family over and things, like that and we get easily distracted,” says Jim Furgerson, Joplin Fire Chief.

Chief Furgerson says the simplest thing to do to prevent a fire when cooking is to pay attention.

"When you're cooking stay with it. If you have to leave it or something set a timer, so it will shut off automatically, or hey, it will let you know when it's done,” says Furgerson.

If you happen to have a grease fire, it is important to never try to put it out with water. 

"That just splatters the grease and the fire, so use a lid, baking soda, things like that to smother the fire out. Don't throw water on it,” says Furgerson.

And if you are using a turkey fryer this year— 

"Make sure you do it on a flat level surface. Make sure you don't overfill the oil container, and then make sure it's the proper temperature. Make sure your turkey is dry- it's not frozen, it's not wet, so dry it off real good. That prevents the splattering. And then make sure you lower it down slowly don't drop it in there, because it will cause that stuff to boil over, and that's usually where you get in trouble. And make sure to keep it away from things. Keep it away from the garage, keep it away from the house. Get it out in the yard, or out on the carport where it's nice and flat and away from everything,” says Furgerson.

Chief Furgerson recommends a kitchen should have a fire extinguisher for emergency situations, but if a fire gets to be out of control, call the fire department as fast as possible, so there won't be as much property damage.

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