Millsap Fire Rescue wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We offer the following tips to help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.
Many backyard chefs insist that frying the Thanksgiving turkey produces an incredibly moist and flavorful bird. But many first-timers make the mistakes of filling the fryer with too much oil, which can cause it to overflow when the turkey is added, or not having their turkey entirely thawed and dried, which can cause oil to splatter. Both mistakes can cause serious fires.

U.S. fire departments respond to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep-fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association says deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year and hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child.

Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
Frying turkeys should only be done outdoors away from any structures like your house or garage.
Place the fryer on a flat, stable surface and don't overfill it with cooking oil.
Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
Once the oil is up to temperature, turn off the burner and only insert turkeys that are completely thawed, otherwise hot oil will splatter and may boil over the sides of the fryer.
Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.
Never use water to cool hot oil or extinguish a cooking oil fire.
Keep children away from the fryer, and
Use thermometers to gauge oil and food temperatures.
After cooking, make sure the oil is completely cool before removing it from the fryer.
The GOOD.........................The Bad, The Downright Scary
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home. Please use these safety reminders to keep the people we are most thankful for safe.

1. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
2. Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
3. Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
4. Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
5. Keep the floor clear so you donít trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
6. Keep knives out of the reach of children.
7. Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
8. Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children ó up high in a locked cabinet.
9. Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
10. Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.