Roseville Fire Department401 Oak Street
Roseville, CA 95678
Office (916) 774-5802
Cell (916) 580-8602
Fax (916) 774-5810


PRESS RELEASE #01-112013
Subject :

Serving up a side of Safe Holiday Cooking
Contact :Rob Baquera, Fire Communications Officer, Fire Department    916-792-4393

The Holidays are a time for family, fun and food. Don't let your dinner party plans get ruined by falling victim to a kitchen accident. Cooking fires are three times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.  According to the US Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires occur in residential buildings annually in the United States, resulting in $21 million in property loss each year.

Home accidents can happen anytime but many emergencies can be avoided. The Roseville Fire Department encourages families to follow these simple steps for safe holiday cooking:

- Keep your cooking range free of clutter to reduce the risk of grease fires

- Do not pour water on a grease fire. Turn off the burner, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid onto the pan

- Don't cook overnight and don't leave your meal cooking unattended

- 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. See our safety video here 

- Never hold a child while cooking or carrying hot items

- Keep pot handles turned inward and away from the front of the stove

- Don't wear loose sleeves that can hang over the stove and accidentally catch fire.

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