Thanksgiving is next week. Let’s make it fire safe by sharing the following safety messages

Thanksgiving is next week. Let’s make it fire safe by sharing the following safety messages. (Shared from a recent US Fire Administration email.)
Practice Safe Cooking
As you plan your Thanksgiving menu don’t forget about fire safety.
Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. So, let’s add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.
Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.
If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.
If you are frying your turkey,
Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
Also, always use the fryer outdoors.
turkey fryer safety
Stuffing and Potatoes:
Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking at high temperature
Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.
keep anything that can burn away from the stove
turn pot handles to the back fo the stove
By following these safety tips ( ), you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. Let the firefighters have dinner with their families, not yours.

Check out these Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips shared from this Thursday’s VPPPA e-newsletter!

“Thanksgiving is only one week away! However, the key to maintaining a happy holiday is to remember to practice safety – even with friends, family and a busy schedule serving as major distractions. When you think about Thanksgiving, fire safety may not be your first thought, but keeping these tips in mind will keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.
Prevent fires by clearing your stove top and oven of grease and dust.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
Stay in the home while cooking the turkey, and check it often.
Use kitchen timers if you must step away from the kitchen. Especially if you might be distracted by guests during that time.
Turn pot and pan handles inward and away from the front or edge of the stove.
Deep-frying a turkey is highly discouraged by the National Fire Protection Association. But if you do decide to deep-fry one:
Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or in an enclosed space.
Be sure to wear long, well-insulated cooking gloves for the hot pot, lid and handles.
Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
Be sure that the turkey is completely thawed and thoroughly dried before being placed in the fryer. The water from a frozen turkey can lead to an explosion hazard when mixed with oil.”

Keep Your Family Safe This Thanksgiving

“Americans will eat more than 46 million turkeys this Thanksgiving. Keep your family and friends safe with simple food safety tips from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service:

Read labels carefully. Temperature labels show if the bird is fresh or frozen. If you plan to serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving.

Do not wash the turkey. This spreads pathogens onto kitchen surfaces. The only way to kill bacteria that causes foodborne illness is to fully cook the turkey.

Refrigerate leftovers within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food.”

Get More Tips for Thanksgiving Safety!

19,000 Arctic Cat Off-Road Vehicles Recalled

“About 19,500 units, all model year 2014-2017 Wildcat Trail and 2015-2017 Wildcat Sport models of Arctic Cat recreational off-highway vehicles (known as ROVs), have been recalled after Arctic Cat received 444 reports of the plastic panels behind the operator and passenger seats melting, with five resulting in fires. No injuries have been reported, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Oct. 27 recall notice.

The recalled vehicles were sold in multiple colors. They have four wheels and side-by-side seating for two people. “Wildcat Trail” or “Wildcat Sport” is printed on each side of the vehicle.

Owners of the vehicles should immediately stop using the recalled models and contact Arctic Cat to schedule a free repair. Arctic Cat is contacting all known purchasers directly. To reach the company, call 800-279-6851 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT weekdays or visit and click on Product Recall for more information. The vehicles were sold by dealers nationwide from December 2013 through August 2017 for between $10,500 and $19,500.”

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