Safe Use of Your Turkey Fryer:
- Always use turkey fryers outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.
- Always use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a non-combustible surface (concrete, gravel, asphalt, etc). DO NOT fry a turkey on a wood deck.
- Ensure the surface you are cooking on is flat and stable to a prevent tip-over. Units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.
- Always follow the manufactures warnings and instructions.
- The turkey fryer should be attended at all times by an adult.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer.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.
- With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
- Be careful when moving the pot of hot oil around to prevent burns. Do not move the pot while the oil is hot.
- Use proper body protection (gloves, eye wear, etc) when working around the hot oil to prevent burns from splashing oil
- Have a fire extinguisher close by in case of fire and never use water to extinguish a grease fire, this could cause splashing and could spread the fire. DO NOT use water to try to extinguish an oil or grease fire.
- CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY if a fire occurs.
Safe Cooking with Your Turkey Fryer:
- Only fill the pot with enough oil to cover the turkey completely with 1 inch of oil above the turkey, this will help prevent splashing and spilling. (TIP: put the turkey in the pot before cooking and fill the pot with water till the turkey is covered with 1 inch of water, then remove the turkey, mark the level of the water at that point. This will give you the depth of oil you should add later for the cooking.)
- ALWAYS fully thaw and dry the turkey before frying, any water on the turkey could cause splashing of the oil as it reacts to the water. Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect.
- ALWAYS lower the turkey into the fryer slowly. DO NOT DROP!
- Monitor the oil temperature closely to prevent the oil from becoming too hot (peanut oil can catch fire when exposed to an open flame if heated above cooking temperatures)
- When the turkey frying is complete, allow plenty of time for the fryer to cool down before disposing of the used oil.
- Contact your local disposal company for proper disposal of the used oil.
Christmas trees pose a threat to homes when they are allowed to dry out and become brittle. Here are some tips on how to select, maintain and safely dispose of your Christmas tree.
- Select a firm, fresh tree and place it at once in a cool place. Do not purchase a tree that has dry or dropping needles. When you bring your tree home, immediately cut a 1” diagonal piece off the bottom and place in a mixture of one part sugar and sixteen parts water. Keeping the container filled with water will help prolong your tree’s freshness.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces and wall heaters, and do not place the tree where it may block exits.
- Never use lit candles on a tree or near any evergreen decorations.
- Check your strands of electric lights closely for worn insulation, broken plugs, loose bulb sockets, and use only lights that carry the label of the leading national testing laboratories.
- When purchasing an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled as fire-retardant. To avoid shock hazard, never hang strands of lights on metallic artificial trees. If your artificial tree has built-in electrical lighting systems, it should be “listed” by a recognized national testing system.
- Always unplug your Christmas tree and decorative lights when leaving the house or going to bed. Outdoor lights should have special wiring intended for outside use.
- Use decorations which are non-combustible, or which are flame-retardant. Keep natural evergreens and flammable decorations away from candles, fireplaces and other open flames.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended. If you leave the room, blow the candle out. Store matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet. Teach children that matches and lighters are tools, never toys.
- Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house.
- Use care in disposing of wrappings and tree. Do not burn in your fireplace or woodstove as it may cause a chimney or stovepipe fire.
For more information or to request a free home consultation, please contact our office at 541-322-6309.
RECYCLE YOUR TREE
Boy Scout Christmas Tree Recycling
Bend area Boy Scout troops will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling in Bend on the weekends of December 29th & 30th 2018 and January 5th & 6th, 2019
For further assistance, you may leave a message using the phone numbers below:
- SW Bend; west of 3rd street and south of Newport/Greenwood, (541) 385-3977
- NW Bend; west of 3rd street and north of Newport/Greenwood, (541) 385-2692
- NE Bend; east of 3rd street and north of Greenwood/Highway 20, (541) 385-2672
- SE Bend; east of 3rd street and south of Greenwood/Highway 20, (541) 385-3942
- LaPine 541-385-391, Redmond 541-385-3989, Sisters 541-385-2640, Sunriver 541-385-3935
Please have trees cleaned of all lights, decorations, tinsel and out of the stand. Place trees at the end of the driveway by 9:00 a.m. (Alleyways will not be checked) A tax-deductible donation of $5-10 is greatly appreciated. You can make your check payable to “Boy Scouts of America” and place in a plastic bag and securely attach it to your tree with a rubber band. 100% of proceeds go directly to Scouts and support their programs.
Curbside Yard Debris Recycling Service
Trees cannot have tinsel or flocking
For customers with curbside yard debris service, you can recycle your tree in your yard debris cart. Cut the tree down to 3 or 4 smaller pieces and put in your yard debris cart. Bend Garbage is offering $5 curb side pickup of you full tree January 7-11, 2019. Set your tree out next to your roll cart. Cascade Disposal customers can call to schedule a $10 pick up at 541-382-6660.
Trees cannot have tinsel or flocking
FREE tree recycling at Deschutes Recycling at Knott Landfill Wednesday, December 26 – Thursday, January 31, 2019, open Mon-Sat 7am-4:30pm (closed Sundays)
Land Fill Services
Flocked or trees with tinsel will need to be disposed of in the landfill at standard rates.
For areas outside of Bend, check with your local disposal company, your local department of solid waste or local fire department for ways to dispose of your tree.
Remember that a dried out Christmas tree can be a serious threat for fire in your house.
Bend Fire & Rescue reminds everyone take proper care of their trees to prevent it from drying out and to remove their dried out Christmas tree as soon after Christmas as possible to reduce the risk of fire!
Did you know?
Four times as many children aged 5-14 are injured or killed while walking on Halloween evening than any other single night a year?
Falls are the leading cause of injury among children on Halloween?
That just a few quick steps before heading out can ensure a safety Trick Or Treating experience for kids and parents alike?
A few things you can do to ensure a safe night out:
- Be visible! Most fun on Halloween happens after dark. Make sure kids and adult chaperons are visible to cars at night. Wear brightly-colored costumes with reflective stripes sewn on.
- Carry flashlights so kids can see and cars can see them. The more light each little goblin or princess carries, the more visible they are to drivers.
- Trick or treat in a safe neighborhood with good lighting and safety sidewalks and crosswalks
- Make sure costumes fit well. Kids in ill-fitting costumes are more likely to trip and fall. The worst time for a child to trip would be in the middle of the street as they are trying to cross. Also, try face paint or make-up instead of masks.
- Always cross on a corner. Gather the ghouls together in a group and hold hands while crossing the street. It's easier for drivers to see groups than single kids.
- Wear appropriate shoes. Over-sized clown shoes or princess high-heels are hard for little feet to negotiate and can be dangerous.
- Opt for costumes made of flame-resistant material. As Halloween and candles go hand-in-hand, use a safe alternative such as flame-less candles in your jack o’ lanterns.
Having a party?
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes and use flame-less candles as a safe alternative.
- Be sure costume props are flexible and not sharp. If the little devil falls while running, he won't get impaled by his pitchfork.
- If you are going to drive, know there are going to be a lot of ghouls and goblins out and about. Slow down, drive sober and keep an eye out for kids coming out from behind parked cars or at crosswalks.
Safety Tips with Kids
Just because it is Halloween doesn't mean the kids shouldn't follow the same basic rules as every other day. Rules on crossing the street and going with strangers can be forgotten during the commotion of trick-or-treating; review the rules with the kids. Each group of kids should be supervised.
- Inspect the bag of goodies before letting the kids dig in. Make sure wrappers are on candy and have not been opened. Examine and wash any fruit before eating it.
- Despite calling it trick-or-treat, tricks are usually vandalism, and vandalism leads to violence. Make sure your kids do not participate in any type of tricking.
- Make sure each group has a cell phone in case they need to call 9-1-1. Make sure kids know how and when to call 9-1-1 from a cell phone.