Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres and the Ward 5 staff want to wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. The Ward 5 Council Office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. If you have questions or need to deal with an issue on Friday, November 23, please call the City Clerk’s Office (520) 791-4213.
With the Thanksgiving Holiday approaching, Vice Mayor Fimbres presents some Thanksgiving Holiday safety tips if you are staying home and cooking or travelling to meet family members for Thanksgiving. These tips are from State Farm Insurance, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.
Before making a drive as the holiday season starts:
Maintain a safe speed while on the road. For more than two decades, speeding has been involved with about one-third of driving-related fatalities. Even while driving safely, road conditions such as bad weather, construction or unlit roads at night can affect travel.
Pay attention to the road and avoid distractions such as texting. The largest age group reported to be most distracted during fatal crashes are teenagers.
Always wear a seat belt properly. Last year, seat belts saved almost 15,000 lives. By contrast, more than 2,500 lives could have been saved had a seat belt been properly used.
Keep children secured in the proper seat intended for their safety. More than 11,600 lives have been saved by child restraints since 1975. Last year, 325 children were saved while seated and restrained properly.
Do not drive impaired. Have a designated driver to stay sober and drive others who are intoxicated. Last year, over 10,800 deaths were the result of alcohol-related vehicle collisions.
Before starting to cook your Thanksgiving meal:
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 could cause serious burns.
Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks 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.
Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
If you are going to fry your turkey, please follow these tips:
Tips to help prevent deep fried turkey accidents:
Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
Never leave fryers unattended.
Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.
These holidays are to be shared with family and friends and not to have memories of a tragedy.