Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips
Did you know that home cooking fires triple on Thanksgiving Day? Our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provided that sobering statistic as part of an annual initiative to encourage fire awareness as families and friends gather to celebrate the holiday. Given the number of distractions that accompany the sometimes bountiful preparations, the organization wants to ensure that safety is observed.
“With so much multitasking taking place, fire hazards around the oven or stovetop can easily be overlooked,” said Lorraine Carli of the NFPA. “Cooks should be conscious of fire safety this Thanksgiving whether the menu is meant to serve two or 20.”
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.
· Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop 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 3 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 the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
· 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.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
If you have a cooking fire…
1. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
2. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
3. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path (to your way out of the home and someone has called the fire department).
4. Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
5. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!