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**Video Release** CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Offers 3 Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/25/2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For Immediate Release: Monday, November 25, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 

**Video Release**
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Offers 3 Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
 
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the number one day for home cooking fires nationwide. This Thanksgiving, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis warns Floridians of the dangers associated with turkey frying and issued 3 top tips to avoid fire-related accidents.
 
CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths. Following a few Thanksgiving fire safety tips can ensure your holidays don’t turn into a tragedy.”
 
3 Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
 
1. Take caution when frying turkeys. Si fríe un pavo, hágalo siempre lejos de la casa. Coloque el pavo en la freidora lo más lejos que pueda de su casa y manténgala a nivel del suelo. Make sure to thaw the bird completely when frying as ice or water mixed with hot oil is a major fire hazard. Also, don’t overfill the fryer as it can cause oil to spill over the sides of the pot and ignite.

2. Monitor children while cooking. Keep a close eye on children while cooking as the stove will be hot and kids should stay at least three feet away from appliances, hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

3. Keep a fire extinguisher close. Un extintor Clase K (para cocina) o para grasa es la mejor opción. Never leave the stove or fryer unattended. Turn in handles of pots on the stove to avoid scalding hot food from being knocked over or spilling.

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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. El Oficial Principal de Finanzas Patronis trabaja todos los días para luchar contra el fraude de seguros, apoyar a los bomberos de la Florida y garantizar que las finanzas del estado sean estables para respaldar el crecimiento financiero del estado. Siga las actividades del Departamento en Facebook (FLDFS) y Twitter (@FLDFS).