Plainfield Fire Protection District Offers Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is the peak day of the year for cooking fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration. To prevent a cooking fire the Plainfield Fire Protection District has the following kitchen fire safety tips:

* Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and turn the burner off if you leave.
* When simmering, baking or roasting food use a timer and check the food regularly.
* Keep combustible items like oven mitts and food packaging away from your stovetop.
* Keep a lid or baking sheet nearby so you can cover a pan fire, never use water on a grease fire.
* If you have an oven fire turn the oven off, keep the door closed and call 9-1-1.
* Always turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
* Keep children and pets away from the stove and other hot cooking appliances.
* When frying a turkey make sure to use a fryer with thermostat controls and don’t overfill the fryer.
* Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing it in the fryer.
* Always use a turkey fryer outdoors and away from combustible surfaces and structures.

For more information visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at, the Plainfield Fire Protection District’s website at or call us at 815-436-5335 ext. 7314. The Plainfield Fire Protection District wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.



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