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"Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving" ~ TRBOFP 

As we get set to celebrate Thanksgiving this week the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention was kind enough to share some safety tips to keep the holiday a fun festive time with no disasters.

Taking some time to run through these safety tips can possibly safe your family from any problems this Holiday.

The following tips come directly from the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention

  • Do not leave stoves, ovens, and ranges unattended—stay in the kitchen so you can keep your eyes on the food.
  • Make sure to keep children away from the stove as the steam or splash from the food on the stove can cause serious burns.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking
  • Set timers to keep track of cook times.
  • Keep pot holders and food wrappers away from heat sources while cooking.
  • After your guests leave, be sure all cooking appliances are off, and all candles are blown out.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if an oven fire occurs!

In addition the TR Bureau of Fire Prevention shared ....the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

Kevin Esposito, Chief Inspector of the Township's Fire Prevention Bureau, urges residents who will be using turkey fryers to know the dangers and consider using the safer, oil-less fryers.

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • 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.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed

We want to the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention for sharing these safety tips and wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving

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