Fire Dept, etiquette expert give tips for surviving Thanksgiving Day

- Battalion Chief Joe Limon with the Austin Fire Department said keep an eye on what you're cooking this Thanksgiving.  Your stove-top grease may catch fire.

"We panic.  What's the first thing we do?  We get a glass of water, throw it on the skillet and it becomes a big inferno at that point," Limon said.

A fire extinguisher is one way to solve that problem, not water.

The Fire Department also planned to demonstrate the apocalyptic eruption that could happen when you fry a turkey the wrong way.  

With the help of H.E.B., firefighters put the frozen-solid bird on the end of a big stick and dropped it into a vat of oil.

"We were hoping to see a dramatic flame effect.  It didn't happen today but still just the fact that oil was coming out, hot oil.  You know if your children or your animals or could have been close to it and got burned," Limon said.

If you're set on frying your turkey, the department said to use a completely thawed turkey.
The amount of oil in the pot is important.
Follow the instructions and practice with water first to make sure it doesn't overflow.
And if you're doing this, do it far away from your house or garage.  Not on the patio.

On a different note, once you've gotten your Thanksgiving meal cooked, then comes the sometimes awkward dinner-table conversation.  

"You know it's going to happen, we're going to sit around the table and somebody is going to bring up politics," said National Etiquette Expert Diane Gottsman.

Gottsman said the holidays are a time to be joyous and grateful

"We all need to know to curb it and if somebody starts talking we can say very politely 'Can we just change the topic, let's refocus on things that we are grateful for,'" she said.  

Gottsman said "loose lips sink ships."

"That means that when you give someone alcohol we tend to become more relaxed.  So I think as a host, you monitor people's intake.  As a host you guide the conversation," she said.

Another tip is to assign seating at the table.  Put people together that are compatible.  Maybe play a fun game too.  Gottsman said just plan ahead, know what's coming and don't over-expect.

"I think we just kind of relax, take it easy, enjoy yourself and have a lot of fun," she said.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent


FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):

Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories