MCFRS News Release

Cooking is the Leading Cause of U.S. Home Fires

Holiday Meals and Entertaining Need Time and Attention; Don’t be a Turkey -- Make Safety Count

Cooking fires annually cause millions of dollars in damage and injure dozens of residents in Montgomery County.  Remember, during holidays there seems to always be an increased activity in the kitchen especially when entertaining guests.  Also be mindful and careful with candles and smoking materials, particularly when guests, pets and small children are present.  Be safe.  Smoke Alarms Safe Lives!

Following these simple fire safety tips can boost survival rates and reduce injuries dramatically.  Knowledge is the best fire protection:

Cooking Fires Life-Saving Tips

Important Points

Safety Experts from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) and elsewhere are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing safety for good taste.  Underwriters Laboratory is “worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," according to John Drengenberg, UL consumer affairs manager.  Based on their test findings, “the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks.  And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."

Here's why using a deep-fryer can be dangerous:

If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, here are some tips for safer use:

Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer.  The oil inside the cooking pots remains dangerously hot, hours after use.