Thanksgiving safe cooking tips

2:51 PM, Nov 26, 2013   |    comments
Courtesy "The Shaky Chef"
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SACRAMENTO - Thanksgiving is as much about food as any holiday and stoves, ovens and even barbecues will be in heavy use the next few days.

To that end, fire officials offer safe cooking advice to prevent fires, which they say are the primary cause of home fires and home injuries.

Capt. Christopher Quinn with Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District says unattended cooking prempts many house fires. He urged:

• Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stovetop.

• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

• Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

• Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

• Call 911 or the local emergency number after you leave.

• If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

• Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

• For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Sacramento Metro Fire District

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