BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For many Maine residents Thanksgiving is a day of football, parades and of course the traditional feast. Unfortunately, with all of this cooking comes the greater likelihood of having a cooking-related fire.
In fact, the National Fire Protection Association says Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for cooking fires. To stay safe this Thanksgiving the Bangor Fire Department urges residents to take these precautions:
- Stay in the kitchen while cooking – it only takes a few minutes for food to catch on fire.
- Keep children away from the hot stove -- at least three feet away to avoid curious children from accidentally pulling down hot pots and pans.
- To avoid accidental scalds and burns pot and pan handles should be turned in towards the center of the stove. Short sleeve shirts or clothing with tight-fitting sleeves and cuffs should be worn to lessen the chance of clothing catching on fire.
- Keep the counter and floor area around the stove clear of toys, bags and other items which could get knocked onto the hot stove or become trip hazards.
If a fire starts in a pan on the stove, use a tight fitting lid to extinguish the fire. If a fire starts in the oven, turn off the oven, leave the door shut and call 911.
For the families that us turkey fryers, they should only be used outdoors. Make sure the hardware is away from buildings and combustibles that could catch on fire (i.e. decks, garages, covered porches) and should never be left unattended.
Curious children and pets should be kept away from the fryer while it is in use. Before dipping the turkey into the hot oil make sure it is thawed completely and do not overfill the fryer with oil.