Think fire safety this Thanksgiving

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, which means family gatherings and lots of cooking. It can also mean more fires.

In fact, the National Fire Prevention Association says cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.  

This Thanksgiving, the Biloxi Fire Department wants to remind residents of some safety tips to keep in mind while preparing their feasts:

-Keep an eye on what you fry

-Never fry a turkey under a carport or structure

-Stand by your pan

-If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn off the burner

-Wear short sleeves or roll up sleeves

-Keep cooking area clean and free of anything that may catch on fire such as oven

mitts, wooden utensils, food packing and towels

-Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove

-Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby and use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire

-Check smoke detectors and make sure to you have an ABC fire extinguisher and know how to use it.

“You can also create a kid-free zone,” says Biloxi Fire Deputy Chief Caleb Hudson. “It could be at least three feet and include areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.”

Added Deputy Chief Hudson: “If there is a fire, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire and call 911 outside the home.” ¬†
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Trash pick up: Trash, garbage and recycling pickups run a day late in Biloxi this week.

City offices: All non-emergency Biloxi municipal offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.