Washington Fire Department gives Thanksgiving safety advice


WASHINGTON, NC (WITN) – Many of us love the Thanksgiving festivities, but celebrations can quickly become a disaster if not followed by proper cooking techniques.

Washington, NC Fire Station Number One members had a slow Thanksgiving night for the most part.

But Lt. Josh Ingram says it could be a completely different story in a few hours.

“We get an average of five to ten calls a day during Thanksgiving,” Ingram said. “A time when people cook a lot.”

According to the US Fire Administration, there are an average of 2,300 house fires every Thanksgiving.

Many of them became infected because people tried to deep-fry their turkeys.

“When you roast a turkey you want to make sure that it is completely thawed and that no ice crystals or the turkey is in any way wet, and then dry it off,” Ingram said. “When ice crystals get mixed with oils and they can cause a quick explosion and start a big fire very quickly.”

Lt. Ingram says the safest place to roast turkey is outdoors, but if you accidentally start a fire in your kitchen there are preventative measures you can take.

“If you have a fire in your kitchen, the worst part is pouring water on it in any kind of grease fire. We recommend that you have a smoke detector in every room in your house and a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. “

Lieutenant Ingram also recommends that if a person puts out a fire they still call 9-1-1 so the fire department can be sure that your home is safe.

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