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Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires

Post Date:11/25/2020 1:35 PM

The Reno Fire Department (RFD) would like to share the following information as part of the City of Reno’s effort to educate the public on the importance of fire safety.

Trao đổi tuyệt đốiAccording to the , nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day as on any other typical day of the year. The day before Thanksgiving represents the second-leading day for home cooking fires. Unattended cooking was, by far, the leading contributing factor in these fires and fire fatalities.

Trao đổi tuyệt đối“Past statistics show that the Reno Fire Department will respond to at least one kitchen fire this Thanksgiving,” said Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer. “If that fire occurs at your house, are you prepared?”

Trao đổi tuyệt đốiRFD offers the following cooking safety tips:

  • Trao đổi tuyệt đốiStay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Trao đổi tuyệt đốiKeep children and pets away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away. Pan handles should be turned inward to prevent accidental spills.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. 

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over toys, pocketbooks or bags. 

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children. 

  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

Trao đổi tuyệt đốiIf you plan on deep frying a turkey this Thanksgiving, be aware that the cooking units can easily tip over, and a small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire. Follow these safety tips when frying a turkey:

  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface and a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.

  • Never use a fryer inside or on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, or in a garage.

  • Do not overfill the fryer.

  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use, or after use, as the oil can remain hot for many hours.

  • Trao đổi tuyệt đốiMake sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.

  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts, and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.

If a fire does occur in the kitchen, know how to calmly handle the situation. Grease fires cause the most injuries. Never pour water on a grease fire. Smother it, if possible, and let it die out. If grease ignites in your cooking pan, quickly put on an oven mitt and slide the lid over the flames as opposed to dropping the lid down from above. Turn off the burner and leave the pan exactly where it is so that it can cool. Never attempt to carry it outside or put it in the sink, as the fire can quickly spread to other combustibles or persons.

Trao đổi tuyệt đốiIf a fire occurs in the oven, immediately close the oven door and turn it off. If the fire doesn’t go out right away, evacuate and call 9-1-1.

If a fire occurs in a microwave, close the microwave door and keep it closed. Turn the microwave off, and unplug it if you can do so safely. Leave it closed, and don't use it again until you can have the appliance checked out by a technician.

Trao đổi tuyệt đốiRFD also recommends the purchase of a multi-purpose (ABC rated) Fire Extinguisher. To properly use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym, P.A.S.S:

  1. Pull the pin.

  2. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. 

  3. Squeeze the trigger. 

  4. Trao đổi tuyệt đốiSweep from side to side.

More Thanksgiving safety information is available on the .

Trao đổi tuyệt đốiAs a Thanksgiving holiday reminder, per , private gatherings in Nevada are limited to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households, and the State’s face covering requirement will be extended to private gatherings.