Keeping your family and our waterways safe this Thanksgiving

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Did you know that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home cooking fires? Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department wants you to know that although turkey fryers are popular, they can be extremely dangerous and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly discourages their use.  Large amounts of cooking oil at high temperatures can splash out of the fryer and ignite, causing devastating burns, injuries or property destruction. 

Turkey Fryer Fire

A less-known hazard of turkey fryers is the improper disposal of grease and oil into our city’s waterways. Please follow these tips from the City’s Stormwater Enterprise to dispose of all types of cooking grease and oil properly: 

  • Dispose of small amounts of cooking oil or grease in the trash after it has cooled.
  • Place large amounts of cooled cooking oil in milk jugs or place in a trash bag full of kitty litter to absorb the oil. Dispose of it in the trash.
  • Report spills or dumping using the GoCOS! app on a smartphone or on our website.
  • Visit Colorado Springs Utilities website for more information about fat, oil, and grease.


  • Pour grease down the kitchen sink. Dumping grease down your sink can cause backups in the wastewater line, which can send untreated sewage into the street and waterways. 
  • Pour grease in the street or down the storm drain. Dumping grease in the street or storm drain can attract rodents such as rats and raccoons, block the storm drain, and send untreated pollutants into our waterways.

Here are some more kitchen tips to help keep your family and home safe this Thanksgiving.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee can cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, purses, or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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