Frozen turkeys in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these safe cooking tips for Thanksgiving.

Spokesperson JC Fultz says you should never leave food that is boiling, grilling, or broiling unattended.

He added that kids should be kept three-feet from the stove.

Fultz mentioned another potential hazard is using a turkey fryer, which should only be used outside and the turkey needs to be fully thawed.

Here are some other turkey-prepping tips from the International Association of Fire Fighters:

  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil.  The overflow spillage will cause a dangerous fireball, within seconds.
  • Choose a smaller turkey; about 8-10lbs
  • Don’t stuff your turkey
  • Use the right amount of oil
  • Use the fryer outdoors, off the deck, away from structures and in dry weather
  • Have a grease – Class B – fire extinguisher handy


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