Can you believe it! The holiday season is here already, and there’s no shortage of things to do in Bryan between now and the new year. Here are just a few of the festivities.
Here are some tips to help you to stay safe and to make sure that your only Thanksgiving disaster is forgetting the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie.
Cooking and the kitchen
Make sure to completely thaw out your turkey before roasting, smoking, grilling or deep-frying it. Trust us on this one. A thawed-out bird is a better-cooking bird.
- Know how to use your Class B fire extinguisher and check it ahead of time to ensure it is in good working condition.
- Use your oven mitts. Burns ruin a holiday meal.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing that could catch fire.
- Remove potential tripping hazards.
For emergencies dial 911
If there’s a fire
- Turn off the heat source.
- Don’t open the oven door until fire is completely extinguished.
- Never throw water on grease/oil fires.
- If you can do so safely, smother a stove top fire with a metal lid, cookie sheet or pan. If the fire is too out of hand, use a fire extinguisher.
Don’t fail at fryingThe last thing you want is to turn your turkey into an exploding fireball. Again, ensure the turkey is COMPLETELY THAWED to prevent a fire or explosion hazard.
Who, what, where
- Always use the fryer outdoors on a flat surface safely away from structures, wooden decks, and covered patios. No matter what the weather is like, DO NOT use the fryer in a garage.
- Monitor the temperature of the oil with a thermometer to prevent the oil from overheating and catching fire. If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the gas off.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer to prevent tipping, even after the turkey is out. The oil is dangerously hot for hours.
Save your drainNever dispose of fats, oil, grease, or greasy food down your garbage disposal or drain. Fats and oils from cooking grease are a major cause of sewer backups because they clog pipes. Help us “Prevent the Clog.”
Grease and Bryan’s Used Oil Recycling Center
- For small amounts of grease, absorb it with paper towels or pour into a spill-proof container and freeze it, and then dispose of it in your trash container.
- For large amounts of grease, or oil from deep frying a turkey, save and dispose of it at the City of Bryan’s Used Oil and Tire Recycling Center.