Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Danbury Fire Marshall Jim Russell says kitchen fires are the number one reason for fires in single-and-two family homes across the country. He says they are mostly due to unattended cooking and called on residents to never leave the kitchen if the stove is turned on.
Russell says deep frying turkeys is a popular cooking method, but it's dangerous. He says too often people try this in their garage, but it really should be done far from the house and not on a wooden deck. If the fryer does tip over, the fire will not spread to the house if it's kept far away. Grease is also a scalding issue if it splashes out of the fryer.
The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns. Adults should make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. Residents are also reminded to keep knives out of the reach of children.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Russell says that's like having a full time firefighter in your house to alert you to a fire.