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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Offers Important Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/22/2022
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Offers Important Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Floridians to incorporate the following safety tips when frying a turkey this Thanksgiving. According to the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Additionally, the NFPA recommends you test your smoke alarm at least once a month and replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to spend with family and friends, please don’t let a botched turkey fry or a kitchen fire get in the way of that. These types of cooking fires are extremely hazardous, and all Floridians need to be sure that they are constantly supervising their cooks, and are following these critical fire safety tips so you and your family can have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.”

Important Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

  1. Caution is key when frying a turkey. Set up the turkey fryer far away from your home and ensure sure the ground is level.

    2. The bird must be completely thawed before putting it into the fryer. Hot oil combining with ice or water is a significant fire hazard.

    3. Never overfill a fryer. Oil can pour out of the pot and quickly start a fire.

    4. Keep children away while cooking. Hot surfaces, such as a stove, can cause serious injury. Additionally, steam and splashes can also be dangerous if hot food or liquid is spilled.

  1. Always have a fire extinguisher. Having a Class K (kitchen type) or grease-rated extinguisher can prevent an accident from turning into a tragedy.

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    About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
    Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).