The members of the Wilkins Volunteer Fire Company No. 3 would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!
We know that as the holiday approaches people can become overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done to prepare for that delicious holiday meal with family and friends. We ask you to remain vigilant in the fight to prevent fires with these tips:
-¬†Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
-¬†If you must leave the home for even a short period of time, turn off the stove or oven.
-¬†Use a timer to remind you the stove or oven is on.
-¬†Stay alert. Don't cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
-¬†Keep things that burn off your stove-top.
-¬†If you plan to use a turkey fryer follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
-¬†Don't store flammable items in an oven, microwave, or toaster oven.
-¬†Clean food and grease off burners, stove-tops and ovens.
-¬†Wear clothing with sleeves that are short, close fitting, or tightly rolled up.
-¬†Keep kids away from cooking areas--enforce a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove.
-¬†Use the stove's back burners whenever possible, and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk that pots will be knocked over.
-¬†Never hold a small child while cooking.
In addition, here are a few informational items/tips for using turkey fryers:
-¬†Oil in fryers is highly combustible: if spilled (common from overfilling) onto a heating element, the entire unit may easily become engulfed in flames.
-¬†As most fryers don't have thermostat controls, be vigilant about not overheating the oil to avoid combustion.
-¬†Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, no closer than 15 feet to a building or any material that can burn; do not use turkey fryers on decks or in garages.
-¬†Do not leave the fryer unattended.¬†
- Do not allow children or pets near the fryer.¬†
- The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, even hours after use.
-¬†Use insulated potholders or oven mitts when handling the pot or lid handles.
-¬†Only place completely thawed turkeys into the pot.
-¬†Ensure an all-purpose fire extinguisher is nearby; do not use water to extinguish grease fires.
- In the event that a fire does occur please dial 911 from a safe location.
Finally, as in every season, have working smoke detectors installed on every level and sleeping area of your home. Keep them clean, test them monthly, and keep them equipped with fresh batteries. Never disable or borrow a battery from a smoke alarm. Know when and how to call for help. Establish at least two escape routes from each room, and agree on a place to meet outside. Practice your home escape plan.
As a reminder, if an emergency occurs call 911. Provide the dispatcher the nature of the emergency, location of the emergency, your name and call-back number. Report fires even if they have been extinguished.