City of Sevierville - Logo

Holiday Cooking Safety

Overview: Christmas and Christmas Eve are two of the top three most dangerous days when it comes to cooking fires in the country. With the majority of people spending a significant amount of time in their kitchen preparing holiday meals during this time, it is important to remember basic cooking safety technique. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by a kitchen fire!

One common cooking practice that is used around holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving is turkey frying. It is recommended that consumers utilize available oil-free models or purchase fried turkeys that have been prepared by commercial professionals. Fried turkeys can be ordered from some supermarkets and restaurants during the holiday season. Both the TSFMO and NFPA discourage the use of turkey fryers in residences.

o Cooking fires increase by 58% on Christmas day... don't let fire ruin your holiday
o Be alert when cooking! Unattended cooking is the leading cause of all kitchen fires.
o Keep your cooking area clear of anything that can catch fire. Be safe this holiday!
o Forty-two percent of surveyed consumers say they have left the kitchen to talk or text on the phone, and 35 percent to use the computer to check email while food is cooking.

If you tend to do a lot of cooking, invest in a second or third timer. They're an inexpensive way to stay safe while ensuring that your holiday dishes do not overcook. o Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop. Also, stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food. Learn more here.

Cooking Tips: Never leave cooking unattended.
• Keep things that catch fire (paper & food products, curtains, etc.) away from the stovetop.
• Have a “kid-free” zone of at least 3-feet around the stove area.
• In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
• Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
• If you have a stove fire, when in doubt, get out and call 9-1-1.

Contact Us

Fire Code Enforcement
120 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862
Fax 865.453.5518

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Fire Marshal JC Green
Office 865.868.1709