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Staying Safe in the Kitchen This Thanksgiving

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WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI)- Thanksgiving meal prep can take hours or even days. But, one misstep could lead to the destruction of your Thanksgiving meal. 

Experts say there are more cooking fires on Thanksgiving compared to any day of the year. Brent Lloyd, Assistant Chief of the Terre Haute Fire Department, said this was understandable given the nature of the holiday season. 

"People are maybe a little bit busy," He said. "With the holidays, with the festivities and visiting family and may not be attentive to what's cooking on the stove." 

But, these distractions are what can lead to some serious damage to your meal or even your home. Lloyd said taking some simple measures can prevent this from happening. 

If you like to deep fry your turkey: 

  • Double-check the instructions of your fryer
  • Make sure your fryer is the right size for the size of your turkey
  • Make sure to have the right amount of oil in your fryer for your turkey
  • Keep the propane tank two feet away from the fryer
  • Do not fry the turkey inside, on a deck, or under a tree

If you cook your turkey in the oven, there are some tips for you: 

  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area
  • Be mindful of drooping sleeves while cooking
  • If a kitchen fire does break out, do not use water to extinguish the flames. Instead, use a chemical fire extinguisher or even a pan to douse the flames. 

Overall, Lloyd said taking these small steps now will prevent something bigger from happening later on. 

"Just simple small simple things," he said. "Can go a long way in making the holidays a lot safer." 

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