RCFD gives Thanksgiving safety tips

RAPID CITY, S.D. — With all the hustle and bustle during the holidays, it’s easy to forget a few things. Hopefully safety is not one of them.

The Rapid City Fire Department asks everyone to take precautions when preparing that holiday meal.

To help prevent a fire, they advise to never leave the room when food is cooking and use timers while cooking.

If you’re planning on frying your bird this season, you’re urged to take the time to do it correctly.

Never try to fry a frozen turkey, and make sure your fryer is somewhere well ventilated and a good distance from structures.

Firefighters say taking shortcuts increases the odds of something going terribly wrong.

“It would be a big mistake because obviously the frozen turkey will have lots of ice and or water just built up in it and then oil and water will mixed with hot oil,” said RCFD Battalion Chief Calen Maningas. “So basically what it makes it do is it makes it bubble over which could cause a fire then cause you’re spreading hot oil all over the place.”

He adds that the holidays are a time for heating related fires.

If you have a space heater, keep it clear of obstructions and never use your oven as a heating source.

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