Cheyenne Fire Rescue Provides Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

City   11-21-17

Cheyenne Fire Rescue wants everyone to have a safe holiday.


“Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires,” said Byron Mathews, Prevention Chief for Cheyenne Fire Rescue. “The majority of Thanksgiving Day fires occur between noon to 3 p.m.”


Cheyenne Fire Rescue wants to remind everyone to pay attention to their surroundings when cooking their holiday dinner.

Here are some additional cooking safety tips:

  • Keep children away from hot surfaces
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove
  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking
  • Keep oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packages, and towels away from the cooking appliances
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it is cool


If using a turkey fryer, Cheyenne Fire Rescue provides the following safety tips:

  • Turkey fryer can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is dropped in
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when placed in the fryer
  • Hot oil that comes into contact with an ignition source will cause an out-of-control fire
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot


For more cooking fire prevention tips, please call Cheyenne Fire Rescue at 637-6311 or e-mail