Fire departments giving safety tips for this Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 6:56 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - National Fire Protection Association reports deep-fryer fires are responsible for more than $15 million in damages.

Peoria Fire Chief Shawn Sollberger warned of the dangers of mixing water and oil on a burner. If a turkey is not completely thawed when deep fried, the left-over moisture could create a fireball.

“The worst thing that you can do with any grease outside of the turkey itself is add water,” Sollberger said.

Best practice? Thaw your turkey for 3-4 days and only fry outside on grass and keep the chaos out of the kitchen.

Another safety tip that anyone who is not cooking should stay out of the kitchen to reduce distractions and burns.

“Especially when you’re cooking for a lot of people, and you got a lot going on if you can keep the children out of the kitchen it’s such an advantage,” Sollberger said.

The Normal fire department also reminds you to make sure your smoke alarms are working. You can Test them by pushing the test button.

This thanksgiving RSV, the flu and COVID-19 are all of concern for large gathering–your best defense on safety for you and your family–getting vaccinated.

“Don’t forget those who among us our the most immuno-compromised, the very elderly and the very young who sometimes are unable to receive the vaccines to protect themselves. Be sure to do your part to protect them,” Dr. Neha Vyas from Cleveland Clinic said.

Washing your hands and masking if you feel sick or have been around someone sick can also aid in a healthy thanksgiving.