So be sure to keep fire safety at the top of your mind while in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time. It’s especially important to think of safety when there’s a lot of activity and people running around your home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember to follow a few simple safety tips.
That way you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safe from accidents.
Top 10 safety tips
· 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 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 a room with a lit candle.
· Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over toys, pocketbooks or bags.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Thanksgiving fire facts
· Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.
· In 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
· Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
· Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.