Local fire marshal provides Thanksgiving cooking safety tips



A thermometer reading from the innermost part of the thigh, wing or the thickest portion of the breast can ensure that the turkey is cooked to 180 degrees.

Thanksgiving is just days away and for most home cooks the most daunting task is the turkey. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking, as guests, phones, children, pets and other activity can easily distract a cook.

If you plan on frying a turkey, Sammy Sanchez, Fire Marshal for South Walton Fire District, said you should stay at least ten feet away from a building. If foods are left out at room temperature for more than two hours, bacteria that cause food poisoning can begin to grow rapidly. Most units do not have thermostat controls.

To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.

According to the USDA 244 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States in 2016
According to the USDA 244 million turkeys are expected to be raised in the United States in 2016

"You are looking at gallons of hot oil over an open flame", Olathe fire captain Mike Hall said. NEVER use water to extinguish a cooking oil or grease fire. If possible, wear safety goggles, long sleeve shirt, long trousers, and closed shoes to protect you from oil splatter.

Now, if you feel like eating like an A-lister this Turkey Day, we've found Miz Keys' mother's recipe. He also says you should make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you lower it into the oil. If the oil does catch fire, don't try to use water to put it out - water will only spread an oil fire.

Have a fully functional fire extinguisher handy for emergencies.

The National Fire Protection Association said Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. "Improper use of deep frying of turkeys can be unsafe and accounts for the high number of house and garage fires reported each year". Call 911 for help if a fire occurs.

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