Roanoke Fire-EMS shares tips for deep-frying your Thanksgiving turkey, preventing potential cooking fires

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Thanksgiving is the number one day for home cooking fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. One of the biggest concerns is properly cooking your turkey.

If you plan of deep frying your turkey, check out these safe cooking tips from Roanoke Fire-EMS:

  • When you take out the turkey, make sure to remove it just as slowly — so you don’t splash the oil — and check the temperature to make sure it’s cook all the way through.

Fire officials also wants to remind chefs that the number one cause of house fires is leaving the stove unattended.

“Cooking fires are three times more likely on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year,” said Kristen Perdue with Roanoke Fire-EMS. “You are at home and can get easily distracted with friends, family, or all that you’re cooking nearby, so you want to make sure that you are paying attention, staying by your food, and following safety tips to make sure you don’t have a cooking fire in your home.”

Fire officials say you should make sure your smoke alarms are working ahead of any Thanksgiving cooking.

In addition, they say you should stay in the kitchen while using the stove to keep an eye on your food.

Lastly, you are advised to keep your children and pets away from any hot foods or liquids.

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