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Effingham County Fire Rescue

Fire Prevention and Life Safety


Fire Safety Educator: Hannah Jenkins

Fire Safety Educator: Jim Newton



 
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Share these fire safety resources to help families enjoy a safe holiday.

Practice safe cooking

As you plan your Thanksgiving menu don’t forget about fire safety.

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. So, let’s add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.

Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.

Turkey:

If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey,

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors.

Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables:

  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips, you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. Let the firefighters have dinner with their families, not yours.
Use Turkey Fryers Outdoors


 
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Outdoor Burning
If you choose to burn your leaves and yard debris, please follow these rules:
1. You must have a burn permit each and every time you want to burn.
2. Burn permits expire at sundown and there is NO burning on Sundays.
3. You can only burn natural, yard debris from your property.
    *No household garbage, furniture, tires, plastics, glass, metals or
      construction materials.

Keep updated through
Georgia Forestry.
Local Office @ 754-6932

Avoid Brush Fires
Make sure you have a garden hose ready, in case you need to put the fire out.
Never leave a fire burning unattended.
Keep your fire to a reasonable and manageable size.
Build your fire in a designated area, clear of hazards and debris.
More Information on Wildfire Safety
WildfireSafetyTips[1].pdf


 
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Links for fun interactives that teach fire safety!

Sparky the Fire Dog is the mascot of NFPA and likes to share fire safety tips and games with kids.   







 Scholastic is well know as a great resource for teachers and students.  The Scholastic fire safety pages are full of great games for all.



FireFacts.org has great safety information for the whole family.







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