Thanksgiving Safety Tips
It is said “the kitchen is the heart of the home”, this is especially true during the holidays. This is why it’s important to keep kitchen fire safety in the forefront of the mind. Things can quickly become hectic, especially when your house is full of family and friends. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires but following these simple safety tips can keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
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