Lemont Fire Department: Practice cooking safety measures this Thanksgiving
The Lemont Fire Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding residents to take safety precautions while cooking, especially when using turkey fryers.
Thanksgiving continues to be the leading day for home cooking fires in the United States, more than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Illinois ranked second in the United States with the highest number of fires during Thanksgiving between 2005 and 2010, according to the NFPA. Using turkey fryers was one of the main causes.
“Family members in charge of cooking should always practice common sense and safe cooking practices,” Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis said in a press release. “Turkey fryers continue to pose a considerable risk for fires if recommended procedures are not followed.”
Turkey fryers have a risk of tipping over, overheating or spilling hot oil which leads to fires and burns.
For more information visit www.sfm.illinois.gov
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