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CAL Fire provides cooking safety tips for this holiday season

CAL Fire supports safe cooking this holiday season by providing cooking safety tips to the residents.
CAL Fire provides tips for safe cooking this holiday

CAL FIRE encourages safe cooking this holiday.

CAL FIRE warned residents about the many dangers that the holiday can pose. The end of the year for most Americans means preparing for feasts, festivities and fun throughout the holiday season. But each year that joy is marred by tragedy when accidents and fires cause injuries and even death.

Thanksgiving remains the leading day for home cooking fires with 3 times as many cooking fires as an average day, according to statistics by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In fact, on Thanksgiving Day 2009, CAL FIRE crews responded to over 600 emergency incidents and sadly one person died in a home fire.

“Every holiday the number of emergencies CAL FIRE responds to increases,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, acting CAL FIRE director. “While that’s our job, we certainly don’t want to respond to your house on holiday because there was a fire or someone was burned. We want everyone to have a safe holiday season.”

To help reduce the chance of fire and injuries associated with holiday cooking, follow these tips:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period time, turn off the stove.
  • Cooking food should always be supervised by an adult.
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and other materials that can burn. Never use fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
  • Children should not be permitted near a turkey fryer since hot oil can cause serious burn injuries.
  • Provide a level surface that is free of ignitable materials when using turkey fryers.
  • Make sure a fire extinguisher is handy at all times. Never use water to put out a grease fire.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.

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