Keep an eye on what you fry, and other Turkey Day safety tips

(Casper, Wyo.) - The holidays are stressful, and sometimes thoughts of our own well-being go out the door amongst the madness of meal preparation and in-laws. Here are some Turkey Day safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday and free of ruining the holiday with a tragedy. "Thanksgiving is the worst cooking fire day in the nation. We have not had many in Natrona County the past few years, and we want to continue that great track record this holiday season," said Casper Fire Captain Justin Smith. He went on to explain the dangers of grease fires and urged people to be careful when using deep fryers. Thanksgiving brings a high potential for scolding and grease burns and parents are urged to keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while cooking. You should know that water and grease do not mix. Prevention is key; slow down while cooking and don't get in a hurry. Here are some safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association: - Stay in the kitchen while cooking and don't leave things unattended. - Stay in the home while cooking turkey and check it frequently. - Keep children away from the stove, a three feet minimum. - Keep kids away from hot liquids to avoid splashes leading to serious burns. - Keep the floor clean and clear of trip hazards. - Keep knives out of the reach of children. - Make sure to keep electrical cords free of dangling and away from children. - Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. - Never leave a child in a room with a light candle. - Make sure smoke alarms are working and be sure to test them. - Have a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available. Captain Smith concluded, "We just want to make sure everyone is safe this Thanksgiving. We don't want any unnecessary fires or incidents that could ruin your holiday. Just make to sure to pay attention to what you are cooking and doing and we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!" #oilcity #news #health