Happy and SAFE Thanksgiving Holiday 2016

November 15, 2016 11:51 AM

The Galesburg Fire Department joins the U.S. Fire Administration in promoting a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving for our citizens. Unfortunately, home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving at twice the rate of any other single day of the year. Galesburg has experienced several house fires over recent decades on what is, for most of us, a day of celebration and joy with family and friends. To help insure a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, Galesburg firefighters want you to add a pinch of fire safety to the recipe.


Fire Marshal Randy Hovind suggests these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.


If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey,

·   Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.

·   Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.

·   Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.

·   Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.

·   Also, always use the fryer outdoors.

Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.


·   Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.

·<​span style="font-variant-numeric: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: "Times New Roman";">   Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.

·   Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.

·   Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips, you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. Let the firefighters have dinner with their families, not yours.



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