Fire Safety on Thanksgiving

As you plan your Thanksgiving menu don’t forget about fire safety.

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. So, let’s add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.

Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal.


If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey,

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Also, always use the fryer outdoors.

Stuffing and Potatoes:

Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.


  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

Hazardous Material Technician Course

The Bardstown Fire Department will be hosting a Hazardous Materials Technician course instructed by Kentucky Emergency Management at our Station 1 located at 220 N 5th St in Bardstown.  Any one wishing to participate in the class must have had Haz-mat awareness and operations classes before.  Class dates and times are as followed:

Friday     Decemeber 2&9  1800-2200

Saturday December 3&10  0800-1700

Sunday December  4&11  0800-1700

Any questions please feel free to contact Lieutenant Scott Lawson at 502-349-6562.

Fireworks by the Numbers

  • From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 18,500 fires caused by fireworks. These fires included 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 16,900 outside and other fires. An estimated two people were killed in these fires.
  • In 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2014 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu and Demar Granados.
  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for young people ages 5-9, followed by children 10-19.
  • More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on July 4th. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.

Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report, by Marty Ahrens, June 2016


Life Safety and Fire Code Seminar

The Bardstown Fire Department will be hosting a life safety and fire code seminar for local business owner, supervisors, and employees.  This seminar will be conducted by Captain Todd Spalding on May 4th at 8:30 am, 2:00 pm, and at 7:00 pm at our station 1 located at 220 N 5th St.  This seminar will inform all who attend on NFPA life safety and fire codes.  This will assist those who attend in coming in compliance with these codes ahead of their annual inspections and it will help to reduce fires and increase life safety measures.  If you have any questions please contact Captain Spalding at 349-6562 or 203-3931.

Bicycle Safety Tips

With spring coming upon us, please read these bicycle safety tips for a safe and injury free spring and summer.

  • We have a simple saying: “Use your head, wear a helmet.” It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
  • Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
  • When riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It’s also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.
  • Actively supervise children until you’re comfortable that they are responsible to ride on their own.

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