Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday
By Member Jason Catrambone
November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Safety Tips Shared With Community

The City of Williston Fire Department, along with our local, state and national partners in public safety initiatives wants to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home fires in the United States and we want everyone in Williston and Williams County to practice fire and home safety while preparing their favorite meals with family and friends.

Following are NFPA tips and recommendations for cooking safely:
• Stay in the kitchen when cooking to keep a close eye on the food, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
• Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when cooking a meal that takes a long time like roasting a turkey, baking a roast or simmering. Check the stove or oven frequently. Consider putting timers in different rooms so that you can hear them over music, football games, and party chatter.
• Stay alert and focused when cooking. To help minimize the risk of injury, avoid cooking when drinking alcohol or if you’re sleepy.
• Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels away from the cooking area.

Kids should stay 3 feet away from stovetops, as well as from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, or gravy could cause serious burns.

Frying turkeys at Thanksgiving has become more popular in recent years. However, NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, as they can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the extensive amount of hot oil used with fryers. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look instead for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys.

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