It’s almost Thanksgiving!

I don’t know about you, but my visions of Thanksgiving usually look more like this:

Yummmmm.

And hopefully not at all like this…

Yikes.

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.

Here are some Tips from the National Fire Protection Association and The Red Cross:

  1. Never leave the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top. Unattended cooking causes fires.
  2. Keep potholders and food wrappers at least 3 feet away from heat sources while cooking
  3. Stay at home while turkey is cooking and check on its progress frequently
  4. 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
  5. Wear tighter-fitting clothes with shorter sleeves while cooking
  6. Set timers to keep track of food items that require extended cooking times
  7. Turn the handles of pots and pans on the stove inward, away from the edge, to avoid accidents
  8. Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances
  9. Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over toys, bags or other clutter while walking with hot food
  10. Keep all knives, sharp cooking utensils, matches and lighters high up, away from the edges of counter tops, to keep kids safe
  11. 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.
  12. Test your smoke alarms!
  13. 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
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