Released on November 8, 2018 - 2:45pm

It’s November and most of us are making preparations for Thanksgiving!

Nationally, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires and there are three times as many fires reported on this holiday, than any other holiday, according to fire safety statistics.

Mayor Craig A. Moe and the City of Laurel’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services are passing along the following safety information provided by the U.S. Fire Administration to keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended and keep combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly. Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms, with working batteries, on every level of your home.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three-feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.
  • If using a fryer, do not overfill the fryer; always use them outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials; and never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping and keep an ABC fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended and never let children or pets near the fryer.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed - 24 hours for every five pounds in weight - and be careful with marinades - oil and water do not mix!

For more information, please contact the City of Laurel Fire Marshal Office at 301-725-5300 ext. 2250.

Be safe this Thanksgiving and have a Happy Turkey Day!

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