The following news release is posted as a public service, unedited here:
"THANKSGIVING IS PEAK DAY FOR HOME COOKING FIRES"
Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
(DESPP)/Commission on Fire Prevention and Control is urging the public
fire safety in mind when preparing meals this holiday season.
are more cooking fires in November than in any other month, with
Thanksgiving being the peak day with roughly three times the average
number of fires than any
other day,” said DESPP Commissioner Dora B. Schriro. “Recognizing the risk can greatly reduce the chance of a home cooking fire. It can keep you and your loved ones safe and sound.”
“On behalf of firefighters
across Connecticut, I am urging all residents to be conscious of fire
safety this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season,” said State
Fire Administrator Jeff Morrissette. “As
you gather with family and friends, please remember to use caution when
preparing special holiday meals.”
To reduce the risk of cooking fires this holiday season, DESPP recommends the following safety tips:
Keep anything that
can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging,
towels and curtains away from the stovetop.
remain in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you
have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the
simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check the pots and pans
regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to
you when it is time to turn down or turn off the burner or oven.
Stay alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the stove or any cooking appliance or accessory.
If you have a cooking fire:
discourages the use of turkey fryers, a popular cooking method on
Thanksgiving. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns and
other injuries, and the destruction of property due to
the large amount and high temperature of oil used. DESPP urges those
who prefer fried turkey to look for grocery stores, specialty food
retailers and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys. Find more
information about the dangers of turkey fryers on National
Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA)
cooking equipment safety webpage.