Fire crews share safety tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner

Firefighters said they commonly are called out to fires on Thanksgiving that could have been prevented.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 8:19 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2017 4:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many people prepare and plan the menu for Thanksgiving dinner, but firefighters said they often forget the most important thing, safety.

"Obviously Thanksgiving revolves around family and food," said Deputy Fire Marshal with Eugene-Springfield Fire Mark Dahl. "That means a lot of preparation and a lot of time in the kitchen."

Dahl said one of the most common stories he has heard from victims of Thanksgiving dinner fires is that they stepped away from their kitchen for just one second.

"Sometimes we may get a little complacent in terms of fire safety during cooking activities on the holiday," Dahl said.

He said being prepared and knowing how to prevent a fire is always better than having to put one out.

Dahl offers a piece of advice to those who plan on deep frying their turkey. He said you should have a fire extinguisher ready and know how to use it properly.

He recommends having appropriate gloves and a fire extinguisher within reach and said someone should stay vigilant of the food at all times.

In case of an emergency, he strongly recommends using a fire extinguisher to control the fire. A helpful mnemonic when using a fire extinguisher is P.A.S.S. P-Pull the pin. A-Aim for the fire with the nozzle. S-Squeeze the handle. S-Sweep at the base of the fire.

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