Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips


Tips Offered for Cooking Safely—Indoors or Out—on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is mostly thought of as a day of celebration—and eating—with family members and friends. However, the holiday also brings some potential danger that comes with dividing attention between cooking and being social. Cooking-related fires happen more often on Thanksgiving Day in Montgomery County than on any other day of the year, according the County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS).

Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Pete Piringer said it is important to cook with caution, especially at this time of the year when there are often a lot of people and activity in the home.

Here are some safety tips from MCFRS on how to have a safe holiday:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking so you can keep an eye on the food. (Most kitchen fires involve the stovetop.)
  • When leaving the kitchen, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop.
  • Keep children away from the hot stove—create a three-foot clearance zone.
  • Keep the floor clear so people do not trip over items.
  • Keep matches, lighters and knives out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle.
  • Make sure smoke alarms are working properly.
  • If a fire starts, get everyone out of the house and call 9-1-1.

Frying a turkey is an increasingly popular method to prepare the main fare of holiday dinners. However, cooking a tasty turkey in oil can also pose some dangers.

County Fire Marshal Rick Merck has safety tips for those who will be frying:

  • Make sure the turkey fryer is at least 10 feet away from the house and not under the edges of the roof.
  • Use the turkey fryer on a sturdy, level surface and do not move it once it is in use.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before frying it.
  • Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
  • Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil will not overheat.
  • An adult should watch the fryer as the turkey is cooking.
  • Always use protective oven mitts.
  • Do not let children or pets come near the fryer.

For more fire safety resources and tips, visit the website.

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Comments (18)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. My wife and I have discussed cooking safety for the holiday. My orders are to stay out of the kitchen! Enjoy your day.

Nov 23, 2022 04:12 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great suggestions Roy, have a happy Thanksgiving my friend!!!

Frying a turkey is an increasingly popular method to prepare the main fare of holiday dinners. However, cooking a tasty turkey in oil can also pose some dangers.

Nov 23, 2022 04:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great safety tips for Thanksgiving cooking, Roy. I think Thanksgiving is a day with more home fires than most any other holiday.

Nov 23, 2022 05:05 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are really good tips and to keep myself completely safe I avoid the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, haha.

Nov 23, 2022 05:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, this is the time of year we see MANY fires started from deep frying a turkey.   Do it with SAFETY!

Nov 23, 2022 06:19 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Roy, This is a very good reminder on all these possible ways that a fire many start, especially this time of the year!

Nov 23, 2022 08:52 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy and may your table tomorrow be full with lots of friends and food for all.  Make it a good one!


Nov 23, 2022 10:10 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

Always good to put these safety tips out there for Thanksgiving Day! So many fires happen with too many people in the kitchen and not one overseeing everything.

Nov 23, 2022 10:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- so many mishaps can happen when we're in the kitchen, especially at Thanksgiving. I wish you and Chef Dolores a wonder Thanksgiving. 

Nov 23, 2022 08:34 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

🍂 🍁Happy Thanksgiving Roy 🍁 to you and yours! 🍁🍂

Nov 24, 2022 12:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Have a safe Thanksgiving.

Nov 24, 2022 03:58 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Finger injury contributes most statistics.  Just be careful with what you do.

Happy holidays.

Sam Shueh

Nov 28, 2022 08:32 AM