2015-11-11 / Front Page

Tips For A Fire Safe Turkey Day

By Liz Goff
With the Thanksgiving holiday just two weeks away, officials at the National Fire Protection Association (NDPA) have issued their annual warning, urging Queens residents to take precautions to prevent turning the Thanksgiving holiday into a real turkey.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family gatherings. It’s a day to celebrate new babies, football rivalries and brides-to-be, and gobble down a great meal.

But there’s more to the holiday than turkey and pumpkin pie. A NFPA spokesperson said. It’s also the time of year when home cooking fires reach their peak.

In 2009, the number of Turkey Day cooking fires was three times the national daily average, the NFPA spokesperson said.

The association is offering the following tips to help you prevent turning your banquet into a bonfire:

  • Keep flammable items such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the stove
  • Remain alert and attentive while frying, grilling or broiling food
  • Turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen – even for a short time
  • When leaving food simmering, baking, roasting or boiling check them regularly and use a timer to remind you when the item is done

“Thanksgiving can be a whirlwind of coking and entertaining guests,” the NFPA spokesperson said.

“With so much multitasking taking place, fire hazards around the oven or stovetop can easily be overlooked,” the spokesperson, said. “Cooks should be conscious of safety this Thanksgiving, whether the menu is meant to serve two or 20.”





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