Oh, Thanksgiving. We love you. We devote a day full of cooking with family, laughing with friends and feasting on so much delicious turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole to you. And in return, you make us bring out the elastic waistband pants!
It’s also a day when there can be too many cooks in the kitchen and you’re at risk of burning more than just the turkey and casseroles. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day… yikes!
Now let’s not add you and your family to that statistic! We have some simple steps to make sure you won’t be making a call to the fire department before Thanksgiving dinner.
Stay in the Kitchen and Home
If your house is anything like ours on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll have several pots full of food cooking on the stove top and a big ole bird roasting in the oven. Someone should be keeping an eye on everything happening in the kitchen so that a pot doesn’t boil over.
The NFPA says unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires.
You may also want to designate the kitchen as a kid-free zone. The last thing you want is to have a child stick their hands on the stovetop or get burned by some splattering food.
Keep the Counter Clear
If you don’t need a certain appliance to cook Thanksgiving dinner, then get it off the counter. It’s best to keep a clear space so you don’t knock anything over.
Watch out for electrical cords and make sure they don’t get too close to the stovetop where all the food is cooking.
Make Sure The Oven and Stove Top are Clean
You use your oven and stove top throughout the year, and so naturally there will grease and food buildup from all of your past cooking adventures.
It would be a good idea to make sure your oven and stovetop are clean before you start making your big meal so that you can avoid any grease fires.
If You’re Deep Frying Your Turkey… Do Your Research
For many people, deep frying their turkey has become a Thanksgiving tradition, but it has to be done properly or it can be disastrous. Many first-timers will fill up the fryer with too much oil or try to fry a turkey that isn’t completely defrosted. This will lead to a fire.
Butterball has some tips if you’re deep frying your turkey:
- If your turkey is 14 pounds or less, you can deep fry it whole. If it’s 15 pounds or more, separate the legs and thighs from the breast and fry them.
- Be sure your turkey is completely thawed before putting it in the hot oil.
- Remove any excess fat
- Do not stuff your turkey when deep frying.
It’s also best to do the frying outside and check the temperature often so the oil doesn’t overheat.
Here at Charlotte Mechanical, we hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season. We also don’t want you shivering in a cold home during the holidays. You can count on Charlotte Mechanical’s heating experts to maintain your HVAC system and to make sure it’s running properly before your family and friends come to visit. Our award-winning technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You also don’t have to pay extra if you need us to come and fix your heater in the evening, during the weekend or during the holidays. Book an appointment with us and we’ll come out in inspect, repair and install your heating system.