|Department News & Public Service Announcements
As the holidays approach we would like to offer some public service announcements and safety tips to ensure
your family remains safe and enjoys their holiday events. A video for each announcement or safety tip is provided
to the left on this page.
Deep Frying Your Turkey
1 - Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
2 - Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-
3 - Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
4 - Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
5 - Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
6 - Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
7 - Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
8 - Never leave fryers unattended.
9 - Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated
beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
10 - Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
11 - Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire
extinguisher close by.
12 - Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
13 - Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
14 - Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool
overnight before disposing.
15 - Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.
Christmas Tree Safety
1 - Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and
don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
2 - Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep
the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
3 - Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for
safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
4 - Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a
ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
5 - Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
6 - Bedtime means lights off! Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.