The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is offering these safety tips for a happy Thanksgiving.
• Start holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven.
• If using a deep fryer, set it up outside and away from structures and overhangs. Make sure to follow the cooking instructions and dispose of the used oil in a responsible manner.
• Keep all appliances in good working order.
• Keep the kitchen off-limits to young children and adults who are not helping with food preparations to lessen the possibility of kitchen mishaps.
• Keep kitchen clutter and loose clothing away from the stove’s heat.
• Cook on the back burners when possible and turn pot handles in, away from a child’s reach.
• Use pot holders to prevent burns.
• Never throw water on a grease fire. Instead, use baking soda, salt or simply cover the burning pan with a lid.
• Never leave cooking food unattended.
• Never overload electrical outlets. Unplug appliances when not in use.
• Make sure your fire extinguisher is properly located and operable.
• Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Make sure that candles are a safe distance from anything flammable and are never left unattended.
• Purchase your turkey preferably 1-2 days before you cook it.
• Avoid buying fresh, stuffed turkeys.
• Keep the turkey in the refrigerator if cooking within 24-48 hours.
• Keep the turkey in its package in a pan to keep any juices from getting into fresh produce or food.
• Refrigerate store-bought pumpkin pie.
• Use separate cutting or chopping boards for meats and for fruits/vegetables.
• Avoid putting cooked food on cutting boards that have touched raw food.
• Avoid wiping your hands that have touched raw food with dish towels.
• Keep raw food away from vegetables and side dishes that will not be cooked.