CPSC safety tips on cooking the Thanksgiving turkey
During Thanksgiving, it’s important to take into account your family’s health and safety when it comes to the coronavirus; and when it comes to cooking a turkey.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 1,800 cooking fires happen annually on Thanksgiving. That’s three-times more blazes than any other day of the year.
To avoid being a part of this statistic, CPSC recommends following these safety tips:
- Do not leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven.
- Keep children a safe distance from cooking areas.
- When cooking on the stove, turn all pan handles toward the back of the stove to percent accidental knock-overs.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working.
- If you are frying a turkey, keep the fryer well away from your home, garage, and porch.
Keep in mind, a turkey fire can become engulfed in flames in under a minute (watch the demonstration video above). CPSC reports 216 fire-related incidents involving turkey fryers between 1998 and 2018. These incidents resulted in 81 injuries and property loss of more than $9.7 million.