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How to reduce burn risk this Thanksgiving

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 3:44 PM
Last updated 8:17 PM
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Keep your children out of the kitchen when you’re cooking today.

That is one of several safety tips released by the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital to help reduce burn risks during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We have always advised people to create a 3-foot kids’ safety zone around all hot surfaces in the kitchen,” Burn Center Director Dr. Fred Mullins said in a statement. “However, in reality, that’s probably not enough. It’s better if children don’t even set foot in the kitchen.”

Other tips imparted by Mullins are the following: Don’t deep-fry your own turkey. Cook with pot handles toward the inside of the stove. Never leave cooking items unattended.

According to medical professionals at the burn center, at least one patient each day is treated there for a kitchen burn, and most are children with burns from hot water. Such burns can require various levels of treatment, including skin grafts and surgery.

Another common cause of Thanksgiving burns occur when people try to deep-fry a turkey and overfill the pot with oil, which can result in a large flame.

For those who choose to deep-fry their turkeys, they should put the turkey into an empty pot before filling it with water. When the water reaches 2 inches above the turkey, pull it out and then measure the water level. Pour out the water, dry the pot and then fill to the measured level with oil.

Still, Mullins advises that people leave the deep-frying to a professional.

“Even if buying a professionally-fried turkey seems expensive, I can assure you it is far less expensive than a stay in the hospital,” he said.


Keep children out of the kitchen when cooking.

Don’t deep-fry own turkey.

Cook on the back burners of the stove.

Make sure all pot and pan handles are turned inward so children cannot reach them.

Appliances that get hot should be out of a child’s reach.

Turn off all appliances when leaving the kitchen.

Do as much preparation work and cooking as possible before kitchen is crowded on Thanksgiving.

Keep items like potholders and food containers away from stove eyes and other hot surfaces.

Make sure all appliances are used appropriately

Use timers to track cooking times.

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KSL 11/27/13 - 08:59 pm
Frying a turkey is not rocket

Frying a turkey is not rocket science. I goess my husband could be classified a "professional." He has been frying them for years. He has also deep fried beef roasts. And since we like it medium rare, yum! And quick if you have just fried a turkey.

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Just My Opinion 11/27/13 - 09:08 pm
KSL, the problem is that most

KSL, the problem is that most of the people who decide to fry turkeys are men, and you know how us men are! We ALL think we're experts at just about everything...especially things dealing with fire!

KSL 11/28/13 - 12:30 am
Well yeah

But in the case of mine, he really does know what he is doing. There actually is nothing he does not know how to do well when he sets out to do it.

nocnoc 11/28/13 - 07:10 am
Good Morning

Happy T-Day.

My tip on NOT getting burned is simple.

Ryan's is open today, the 1st time 30+ years that its workers HAVE TO work on T-day.

Sure it won't be as good as your own cooking, but it will be safe from a fire.

BTW: RYAN's will be making some important changes in the near future

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