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Fire safety tips offered during this peak time for kitchen fires

Don't have firefighters be unexpected guests at your home for Thanksgiving dinner by practicing safe cooking habits this Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving is the peak day for kitchen fire around the country.  State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro says it's roughly three times the average number of fires than any other day. 


Danbury Fire Marshal Jim Russell says any electric fry pans, and electric knives should be inspected for frayed cords and bad connections before use.


The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns and other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used.   If you have a cooking fire, keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother a small grease fire.  Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.


Russell says anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging and towels should be kept away from the stovetop.


If you're sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the stove or any cooking appliance or accessory.

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Todd Schnitt

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