Cooking Turkey Safely on Thanksgiving



For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen or outside during this Thanksgiving is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home.

As you start preparing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Top 10 safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • 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.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
If you will be frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, here are a few preparations you can make and safety tips to follow that will help you deliver a juicy, golden-brown turkey to your table.
  • Use a fryer that has a built-in thermostat so the oil temperature will be safely regulated.
  • Determine how much volume your turkey will displace when placed in the oil. Test this using water.
  • Pat the turkey dry before you place it in the hot oil.
  • Wear gloves, safety glasses, and cover your clothes when tending to the frying turkey.
  • If operating your fryer outdoors, use a level surface, away from decks, trees, and structures.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near by.