In a news release earlier this week, Independence Chief Fire Inspector Gene Gould offered Thanksgiving cooking safety tips, saying that most cooking fires take place between noon and 4 p.m.

In a news release earlier this week, Independence Chief Fire Inspector Gene Gould offered Thanksgiving cooking safety tips, saying that most cooking fires take place between noon and 4 p.m. Independence will experience about three fires involving Thanksgiving meal preparations, he said, so take note of the following advice:




While cooking, Gould said, give constant attention to stovetops and ovens. Watch the food closely, regulate while cooking, and then turn off the stovetop burners or oven when finished preparing each food item.

 




Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for turkey deep-frying devices. According to Gould, an increase has taken place in property loss and burn injuries associated with the use of outdoor fryers.

 




Turkey fryers are intended for outdoor use and should not be placed under a low hanging canopy, on a deck or inside a garage.

 




Use a stable stand and cooking area away from combustible materials to prevent oil spills or overflow. Avoid using the fryer in rain or snow because of potential oil splattering.

 




Monitor the heat with a cooking thermometer. Deep frying a frozen or a partially frozen turkey may lead to severe oil splattering, according to the Fire Department. Excessive steam also may lead to burn injury.