It’s almost Thanksgiving!
I don’t know about you, but my visions of Thanksgiving usually look more like this:
And hopefully not at all like this…
But the truth is…
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.(*)
This year, as we gather to give thanks for our families & blessings, let’s protect those very people & things by practicing safe cooking.
- Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top. Unattended cooking causes fires.
- Keep potholders and food wrappers at least 3 feet away from heat sources while cooking
- Stay at home while turkey is cooking and check on its progress frequently
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove, hot foods and hot liquids. Steam or splash from gravy, vegetables or coffee could cause serious burns
- Wear tighter-fitting clothes with shorter sleeves while cooking
- Set timers to keep track of food items that require extended cooking times
- Turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove inward, away from the edge, to avoid accidents
- Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over toys, bags or other clutter while walking with hot food
- Keep all knives, sharp cooking utensils, matches and lighters high up, away from the edges of counter tops, to keep kids safe
- Keep electric cords for electric knives, coffee makers, warmers and mixers tucked away- kids can pull on the cords and be harmed by falling equipment or tangled cords could get too close to stove tops or heating plates.
- Test your smoke alarms!
- After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home and double check that all candles are extinguished and all cooking or heat sources are turned off