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Firefighters in Rochester, Minnesota wanted to demonstrate some cooking safety tips as millions of Americans celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday—a day on which, according to the local fire department, a disproportionate amount of cooking fires occur.


“There are three times more cooking fires on Thanksgiving than on any other normal day,” the Rochester Fire Department said.

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The fire brigade shared a video of what happens when water is poured on an oil fire. In the video, flames are seen reaching outside the oven. The fire department wrote, “Turn off the burner and use a lid to cover the flames, never pour water on a cooking oil fire.”

Here are some other Thanksgiving cooking safety tips:

Thanksgiving cooking safety tips, according to the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • When you are cooking on the stove, stay in the kitchen so that you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay home as you cook the turkey and check it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and children should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. Steam or splashes from vegetables, gravy or coffee can cause severe burns.
  • Keep knives out of reach of children.
  • Make sure that electrical cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not hanging from the counter within easy reach of the child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of reach of children – upstairs in a closed cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t climb on kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pressing the test button.

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In case of fire in cooking:

  • If the oven is on fire, turn off the flame and keep the door closed.
  • For a stovetop fire, put a lid on it and turn off the elements.
  • If the fire is out of control, get everyone out of the house and close the door behind you to help contain it.
  • Call 911 or the local emergency number from outside the home.
  • If you try to use a fire extinguisher, make sure other people are exiting and that you have a clear exit from the house. Has anyone called the fire department at the same time?

In 2019, fire departments across the country responded to an estimated 1,40 household cooking fires on Thanksgiving, According to the National Fire Protection Association. Uncooked cooking is the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths, with cooking causing nearly half (49%) of all household fires. NS NFPA strongly discourages Using a turkey fryer. The organization believes that fryers using cooking oil are not suitable for use at home, no matter how conscious or careful the consumer is. Turkey fryers use ample quality oil at high temperatures.

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If you choose to use a turkey fryer, there are important steps to take to ensure safety, according to butterball,

Deep-frying turkey indoors:

  • Completely thaw your turkey, or a. use fresh turkey,
  • Remove the turkey wrapper, and remove and discard the neck and giblets. Pat dry.
  • Add oil to the fryer, but do not exceed the maximum fill line. Preheat the oil in the fryer to 375°F.
  • While the oil is heating up, prepare your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavors. Feet tuck.
  • Once the oil is hot, put the basket in the fryer for 30 seconds. Remove the basket from the oil, place the turkey in the basket. Slowly lower turkey into fryer. The turkey may not be completely submerged in oil. This can cause the upper part of the breast to remain white even if it has been cooked to the proper temperature.
  • Set the timer and cook the turkey for about 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
  • Cook all dark meats to an internal temperature of 175°F to 180°F and all white meats to an internal temperature of 165°F to 170°F. Here’s some help How to Check the Temperature of Your Turkey for Readiness,
  • When the turkey is cooked, slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain.
  • Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before removing it from the rack or basket to carve.

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Deep-frying Turkey Outdoors:

  • To begin, remove the turkey wrapper, and remove and discard the neck and giblets.
  • Deep-fry your turkey outdoors on a flat surface, away from homes, garages, wooden decks, etc.
  • To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in a fryer basket and place in the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is just barely covered. Remove turkey, allowing water to drain from turkey back into fryer. Measure and mark the water line, and use that line as a guide when pouring oil into the propane fryer.
  • There should be a distance of at least 3 to 5 inches from the fill line to the top of the pot so that the oil does not boil.
  • While the oil is heating up, dress your turkey with any seasonings, marinades, or injected flavorings you desire.
  • When the oil is hot, turn off the burner and slowly drop the turkey into the hot oil. Lowering the basket slowly helps prevent the oil from bubbling up. Turn the burner back on.
  • Cook the turkey about 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
  • The turkey is done when the dark meat is at its internal temperature. 175° F to 180° F And all white meat is at an internal temperature of 165°F to 170°F.
  • When the turkey is cooked, slowly lift it from the pot and place it in a pan or on paper towels to drain. Let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before removing it from the rack or basket.

Oil disposal:

Did you know that plumbers refer to the day after Thanksgiving as “Brown Friday” because of the boom in business they get from feast-filled pipes and sewer lines?

Fats, oils, and grease (also known as “FOG”) can cause major household plumbing issues as well as problems in the sewer system. Just as fatty foods clog arteries, fog tends to stick inside pipes, causing blockages and backing up raw sewage, which can put your family’s health and the environment at risk.

FOG usually goes into the sewer through sinks, dishwashers, and floor drains. Common cooking FOGs include:

  • Any type of cooking oil (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, etc.)
  • salad dressings
  • bacon grease
  • meat fat
  • Shortage
  • butter
  • Sauce
  • milk products

The last thing you want to deal with during the holidays is a sewer overflow, so put cooking oil and grease where they belong: in your trash, in a tightly sealed container.

Here are some more tips from King County Wastewater Treatment,

  • Keep baskets and strainers in the sink to catch metal from food scraps and scrub pads.
  • Do not put greasy food or meat in the garbage disposal.
  • Before washing dishes, use a spatula to scrape off the batter and food residue from bowls and plates.
  • Never pour oil or grease into a storm drain, which can harm wildlife.

Granthshala 13 Tampa, Granthshala 10 Phoenix and Granthshala 13 News Seattle contributed to this story. This story was reported from Los Angeles.