WASHINGTON – Is your cooking dangerous?
We’re not trying to insult your culinary skills, but you may be doing things in the kitchen that put your home and family at risk this Thanksgiving.
Unattended cooking is the number one cause of house fires, says Scott Graham, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief. This week, distractions in the kitchen can add to that statistic.
Graham says prevention is key:
Should a fire break out, there are a few things to remember: First, don’t try to fight the fire yourself.
“Call 911 and get out of the home,” Graham says. “Fires double in size with every passing minute. Call us, we’ll be right there.”
If you do try to douse the flames, don’t use water to put out a grease fire. The water simply spreads the grease, which spreads the flames. Instead, use an “ABC” style chemical extinguisher.
But keep this in mind: Once you’ve discharged the contents of the extinguisher, you’ve got nothing left to protect yourself.
What about the fried turkey fad? Graham says fried birds are still popular – and he adds – they’re delicious.
“There’s nothing better tasting than a great fried turkey, but don’t fry yourself doing it!” Graham says.
So some precautions if plan on frying your bird:
Popular Science recently videotaped what can happen if you put a frozen bird into a pot of oil that is too hot for frying. The results are more “Apocalypse Now” and less “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”
Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow Kate and