Why You're 3 Times More Likely To Have A Cooking Fire On Thanksgiving

If you find yourself in the kitchen, know that Thanksgiving traditions serve up a high workload and a lot of distractions. Don't risk your family or your home by underestimating the danger of a grease fire. Elliot Kane, chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, says on every Thanksgiving there are 1,400 cooking fires in the US, "more than three times the average of any other day during the year.”

If it wasn't obvious from the video, water is one of the worst things you can use to put out a grease fire.

Consider the USCPSC's advice if you're going to fry your turkey: "Turkey fryers should be used outside only and away from your home. Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch. Don’t overfill the oil in the turkey fryer or leave the turkey fryer unattended." 

Also, to minimize your family's risk of foodborne illness, we suggest following this helpful infographic from the USDA on food safety:


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