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Thanksgiving cooking safety tips

JONES COUNTY, MS -

More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other time of the year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013 there were 1,550 home cooking fires.

Turkey frying is one of the biggest contributors to fires on Thanksgiving.

Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna said some people do not fry turkey in the right manner, but it can be done safely.

“A lot of the times what happens, they will take a turkey that is not completely thawed and immerse it into the hot oil,” Mckenna said. “When it immerses into the hot oil, it starts boiling over and the oil comes out and then ignites from the propane burner underneath.”

McKenna said turkey frying should be done in a clear area outside on the ground away from any structures.

“Make sure that there are no combustibles near the area that you’re going to be cooking and make sure it’s a solid base so it doesn’t tip over,” Mckenna said. “Make sure that your children are out of the way of this also.”

The person frying the turkey should also be aware of his or her clothing.

“You need to make sure that you have fairly snug fitting clothing so that it doesn’t accidentally get into the fire when you bend over,” Mckenna said.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 34 percent of cooking fires are caused by unattended cooking.

“The distractions during the holidays greeting guest and so forth can get you into trouble,” Mckenna.

There were no cooking fires on Thanksgiving in Jones County in 2014, but in 2012 there were 22 structure fires over the two-day period of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

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