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Teach community members to cook safely by giving them information about cooking fire risks and how to prevent cooking fires.
Each year, from 2016 to 2018, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of
cooking fires in residential buildings.
Cooking was, by far, the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.
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Below are statistics and safety tips to share with community members about grill fires and outdoor cooking fire safety.
Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.
Source: Grill Fires on Residential Properties PDF 663 KB
Below are statistics and safety tips to share with community members about using a turkey fryer and why they can be dangerous.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
Make sure your turkey fryer is on a sturdy, level surface and do not move it once it is in use.
Make sure your turkey fryer is at least 10 feet from your home and not under roof eaves.
Make sure your turkey is fully thawed without frost on it before you fry it.
Consider using an electric or air fryer.
If your turkey fryer does not have a thermostat, use a kitchen thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot. This will help you monitor the temperature of the oil.
Test the amount of oil you need by filling your fryer with water. Place the turkey in the pot making sure the water doesn't get too close to the top. Measure the water and use that as a guide for filling the pot with oil.
Always use protective oven mitts. Keep children and pets at least 3 feet from the turkey fryer.
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about home cooking fires in your community.