Cooking Safety

Holiday Cooking Should Be Fun

Don't let your celebration turn into tragedy. Here are a few important reminders:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. Too many fires are caused by falling asleep or getting distracted.
  • Stay home when cooking. Don't put the turkey in the oven and leave to run errands. Check on it frequently.
  • Warn kids about kitchen dangers and keep them 3 feet away from the stove. Also keep candles, matches and lighters out of reach.
  • Watch your step. Objects on the floor or a slippery surface from spills could make you trip while carrying hot food or liquids.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off counters where kids or pets could reach them.
  • Be careful: Steam and splashes can cause serious burns.
  • Have activities available (puzzles, games, books) to keep kids busy away from the kitchen.
  • Check your smoke alarms. Push the test button, change batteries yearly or sooner if needed, and replace the entire alarm within 10 years of the manufacturer date. Make sure all smoke alarms are working properly.
Thanksgiving Cooking Safety
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Stovetop Fire Extinguishers are an excellent tool in cooking fire safety. They are available at many local hardware stores and online retailers (Home Depot, Amazon). These magnetic cans simply stick to your range hood and if a flame reached the can, it automatically releases a non-toxic dry powder that is easily cleaned with a rag or vacuum.

Consider purchasing an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil.


The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.
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The Dangers of Turkey Fryers

  • Hot oil may splash or spill during cooking, resulting in serious injury.
  • Many fryers are designed for outdoor use on a stand, a possibility for the fryer to tip over or collapse. The speed and severity of burns from this large amount of hot oil is too dangerous to risk.
  • Cooking oil is combustible. Overheating can ignite its vapors.
  • If rain or snow hits the hot cooking oil, the oil may splatter or turn to steam, leading to burns.
  • People tend to overfill turkey fryers, causing spills and splatters when the turkey is dropped into the fryer.
  • Placing a partially thawed turkey in hot oil can result in explosions, spills and significant splattering.