Tips to Avoid a Kitchen Disaster on Thanksgiving

Updated: 11/28/2013 6:26 AM
Created: 11/28/2013 6:16 AM
By: Cassie Hart

Families everywhere will have their kitchen stoves working overtime this Thanksgiving. Officials say three times as many cooking fires will happen today than on any other day of the year.

Here are three things not to do if a kitchen fire starts:

  • Don't open the oven door if you see smoke, because the oxygen will actually ignite the flames.
  • Don't throw water on a fire, because water is heavier than cooking oil and the flames will actually shoot higher.
  • For that same reason officials say don't throw frozen food onto burning oil.
  • Rule of thumb is, if you can't get the fire out in less than 10 seconds call 911.

Here are additional cooking safety tips from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:

  • Pay attention and stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • Turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, even for a short time.
  • Have a kid-free zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging — away from the stovetop.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. 
  • Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove.
  • Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

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