The Covington Fire Department and Covington Police Department want you and your family to be safe this holiday season.
Here are some tips to have a happier holiday:
Turkey frying safety tips
Since fried is one of the food groups in the South, it's no surprise that frying a turkey is a Thanksgiving staple around some households. Frying turkey, however, can be as dangerous as it is delicious. Our friends at the CFD would like to remind you about a few safety tips if you plan on frying your gobbler:
- Place the fryer a safe distance (50 feet is recommended) from buildings, decks, trees and other structures.
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry and all packing is removed. Ice or water can cause flare-ups when introduced into the hot oil.
- Do not overfill the fryer with oil.
- Wear protective eyewear and hand coverings when working with the fryer.
- Keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher nearby. Do not use water on a grease fire.
- Do not leave the fryer unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times — even after you finish — as the oil will still be hot.
Holiday shopping and safety
The city of Covington offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. For those of you who are brave — and patient — enough to endure the crowds of the country's busiest shopping day, the men and women of the CPD want you and your belongings to stay as safe as possible:
- Shop during the daylight hours — if you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
- Stay alert to your surroundings.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible, and carry minimal amounts of cash. Keep the cash in your front pocket
- Park as close as you can to your destination and park in a well-lit area.
- Do not leave valuables — purse, phone, packages, etc. — in your car where they will be a temptation to thieves. Put purchases in your trunk or hide them out of sight.
- Lock your car and set your alarm, if applicable.
- Locate your keys before going to your car.
Stay safe, and happy holidays!