Avoid a Burnt Turkey—and a Small Fire—With These Red Cross Tips

The American Red Cross Metro NY North provides ways to keep your kitchen fire-free this Thanksgiving. Plus, tell us your worst cooking mishap.

Burnt turkey? Charred-to-perfection sweet potatoes? Small blaze result in a run to Best Buy on Black Friday?

You’re not alone: “In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires, 90 percent of which are caused by unattended cooking,” writes the American Red Cross Metro NY North in a release.

But the organization is here to help. They offer the following tips for staying safe on Thanksgiving:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—potholders, wooden utensils, food wrappers or towels away from your stovetop. 
  • Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents.

Click here for more general tips, too.

And let’s have some fun before the serious holiday prep begins: What was your worst cooking mishap on Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments! 

Tina Maclary November 22, 2011 at 02:27 AM
These are 2 of my favorite stories told by my mom. The first time she stuffed the turkey she couldn't figure out why she could not fit a lot of stuffing inside the cavity. When it came time to serve the turkey my father put the stuffing spoon in and pulled out the bag with the neck and all the giblets. Whoops! that's why there was no room! Another time she went to drain the pan juices over the sink but "forgot" to put a bowl or other pan in the sink for those juices. As they poured down the drain she yelled "catch it catch it!" So much for the gravy that year!
Lisa Buchman November 22, 2011 at 02:34 AM
What do you do with that bag of giblets anyway? Yuck! Thanks for sharing Tina, these are hilarious.
Karen Chapman November 22, 2011 at 04:09 PM
My mother always cooked the giblets separately to make gravy. It was pretty good.


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