According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for house cooking fires with three times as many than on any other day. Being aware of cooking hazards and how to use fire extinguishers can save lives and property this holiday season. Captain Kevin Ivy with Lubbock Fire Rescue has some tips:
Purchase a A,B, C dry chemical fire extinguisher because they can fight almost any type of fire including fires caused by combustible materials, flammable liquids and flammable gases. Once you have purchased it, Captain Ivy suggests taping your receipt to it so you know when you bought it. It is important to replace the fire extinguisher once a year, even if you don't use it. If you do use a fire extinguisher, even if it is just a little, you need to replace it. When operating a fire extinguisher, remember the word pass. Pull the pin, aim low and away from you, squeeze the level slowly and evenly and sweep the nozzle from side to side. You can purchase a fire extinguisher at The Home Depot, Walmart, Target, or Lowe's Home Improvement.
When you are frying your turkey for Thanksgiving, do not do it indoors, in a garage or on a patio. Make sure the ground is level and solid. A five foot lead from your propane tank and fryer is a safe distance. Before putting the turkey in the fryer, do a test run. Put the turkey in, fill the fryer with water, take it out and you'll know how much oil to then put in it without it over flowing. Make sure the bird is thawed out and whipped off so water and oil aren't mixing. Monitor the oil temperature at all times. The oil can reach an auto ignition temperature and it will light because it is too hot.
There aren't many live Christmas trees grown in West Text, so many of them are shipped and cut a month or more before they make it to Lubbock. When you're picking out your Christmas tree, feel the tree to check if it is dry and breaking. Once you have it home, if the tree has needles falling off, you may want to replace it. Keep animals away from the Christmas tree and cords. Don't overload the outlets and make sure the lights on the tree are made for indoors. Outdoor lights can pull more electricity and heat and cause a spark.