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Turkey Fryers Pose Serious Fire Dangers


As turkey fryers that use oil become more popular, thenumber of turkey fryer fires has increased significantly. Many fire officialsagree that the dangers associated with deep-frying a turkey aren’t worth therisk, even by a well-informed and cautious user.

  • Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.
  • If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.
  • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.


TheAlabama State Fire Marshal’s Office advises against using a turkey fryer. Ifyou decide to do it anyway, consider these precautions. Always use fryersoutdoors, on a solid level surface away from buildings and flammable materials.Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under apatio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.


Do notoverfill the fryer. Never leave the fryer unattended because, withoutthermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire. Neverlet children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil canremain hot for hours. Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear longsleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter. Make sure the turkey iscompletely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.


If oilbegins to smoke, immediately turn the gas supply off. If a fire is manageable,use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. Neveruse water to extinguish a grease fire if thefire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.




Contact: Steve Holmes
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Phone:334-240-4434                                                                                    Date: 11/21/16






Don’t Let Fire Ruin Your Thanksgiving Holiday


Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires,with three times as many fires occurring on that day. Fire officials say it iseasy to get distracted or lose track of what’s going on in the kitchen whenbusy or inexperienced cooks are trying to prepare several dishes whileentertaining family and friends.


The Alabama Department of Insurance State Fire Marshal’sDivision offers these tips for a safer Thanksgiving Day:

  • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from the stovetop.
  • Turn pot handles toward the center of the stove.
  • Keep the number of people in your kitchen to a minimum, especially children. Crowded kitchens cause confusions and often result in burns.

In the event of astovetop fire, carefully slide a cookie sheet or lid over the pan and turn offthe stove. Never attempt to carry a hot pan to the sink.

If you have a firein the oven, close the oven door and turn off the heat. Once the oxygen isdepleted, the fire will go out. Wait until the oven is completely cooled beforeopening the door again. This applies to microwave ovens, too.


Title: Lightening Safety
Contact: Steve Holmes, PIO
(334) 241-4166


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According to the National Weather Service (NWS), lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times each year. While lightning mostly occurs during the summer months, it can happen at any time of the year.

Talk with your family about staying safe during thunderstorms. Here are just a few lightning safety tips that the NWS offers if you are indoors:

  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones;
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment such as computers, TVs, or cords. You can use the remote control safely; and
  • Stay away from windows and doors that might have small leaks around the sides to let in lightning, and stay off porches.

According to the NWS, if you are outside during a storm it is important to get inside a safe building or vehicle. You are NOT safe outdoors, but if you absolutely cannot get to safety, follow these tips to slightly lessen the threat of being struck by lightning:

  • Avoid open fields, the top of a hill, or a ridge top;
  • Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you’re in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees; and
  • If you’re in a group, spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members.

Title: Blackmon Cleared of Arson Connection
Contact: Steve Holmes
(334) 241-4166

The person who is accused of who is accused of yesterday's shooting rampage in Blount and Marshall Counties, Alabama yesterday was mentioned in many reports as a "Person of Interest" in connection to the April 10 arson fire which partially destroyed the Cedar Grove Church of Christ in Blount County.

State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk reported today that "Daniel Eric Blackmon has been cleared in all matters related to the Cedar Grove Church fire earlier this month.

The investigation into this Church arson fire continues and anyone with potential leads or information to contribute may contact the ALABAMA ARSON HOTLINE at 1-800-654-0775 or


Title: Fire Marshals Warn of Hoverboard Fires
Contact: Steve Holmes
(334) 241-4166



The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. This year, self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards, are undoubtedly the hot ticket item on many wish lists. NASFM has received reports of injuries and fires involved with these devices, and we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with some safety tips for their use, care, and maintenance to ensure a merry holiday.

When shopping for a self-balancing scooter or hoverboard:

1) Please take the time to look at and research the product you buy. If it is compliant with

federal standards, inspections, and certifications, it will have a mark on it or indicate such on its packaging, on the device itself, or on its charging equipment. Devices not bearing a mark indicating compliance likely have not been tested to meet minimum safety standards.

2) When buying online, take the time to verify that the device meets applicable standards.

There are many of these products on the market, and many may not meet this country’s inspection and safety requirements. Those that do will indicate such on the packaging, and on the device or its charging equipment.

3) Buy a device with a warranty, or buy it in person at a brick and mortar store. If you are buying online, buy from a reputable source. Also, check with your retailer regarding the safety of the device you are purchasing.

When charging your self-balancing scooter or hoverboad:

1) After it has been used, give the device time to cool off prior to charging.

2) Do not leave the device unattended while it is charging. Someone should be able to observe the device during its recharging time.

3) Do not overcharge the device; follow manufacturer’s recommended charging times and do

not leave device plugged into an outlet overnight.

4) Do not use imitation electrical chargers as they may be unsafe.

5) Keep to one plug per socket.

When operating your self-balancing scooter or hoverboad:

1) Wear appropriate safety equipment; similar to when riding a bicycle.

2) Do not text or operate a cell phone while using a self-balancing scooter or hoverboad.

3) Operate the device in accordance with its intended use.

4) Overheating if you notice the device is very hot, stop using it and check with your manufacturer or retailer. This could suggest a faulty battery that needs replacing.

As more details become available and research is conducted into these incidents, NASFM will work to help keep you informed. If you should have any fire-related incidents regarding these devices, please contact your State Fire Marshal’s Office. Have a safe holiday season.

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