Tips for a safe Thanksgiving holiday

Fresh turkeys await customers at Ashley Farms in Flanders, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Photo: AP/ Seth Wenig
Fresh turkeys await customers at Ashley Farms in Flanders, N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

November 20, 2018 10:51 AM

For many, Thanksgiving means time with family, feelings of gratitude and a large meal.

Focusing on the latter, the Minneapolis Fire Department released a series of tips for making sure you safely prepare your Thanksgiving meal.


According to the department, Thanksgiving is the peak day for fires in homes caused by cooking. The department added that the average number of those fires on Thanksgiving is typically double the average number of house fires on any other day.

Here are some tips for making sure your meal preparation is safe and goes smoothly:

  • Remain in the kitchen while you are cooking and set timers to remind you to check on things as they cook
  • Keep items that can burn away from the stove
  • Use the back burners of your stove first, and turn pot and pan handles toward the back so they won’t be bumped
  • Prevent burns by wearing short sleeves or rolling sleeves up and use potholders or oven mitts
  • Make sure young children are not in the area of the stove

For those using a turkey fryer on Thanksgiving, the department recommends the following:

  • Use the turkey fryer outside, if possible, and make sure it is attended at all times; do not use a propane or gas fryer inside the house
  • Use a dry, thawed turkey; a not-completely-dry or frozen turkey could cause the oil to splatter or potentially even explode
  • Make sure to monitor the temperature of the oil as it heats
  • Use protective equipment, such as potholders or oven mitts, to grip the lid and edges of the fryer

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