Thanksgiving Day is a time to gather together and give thanks, but it’s also the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. To keep your home, family and friends safe and prevent cooking equipment-related fires, follow these tips:
Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
Keep children at least 3 feet from a hot stove, and also keep them away from hot food and liquids. Steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
Keep knives, matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children.
Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
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 or where someone could trip over them.
Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over children, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Having activities to keep children out of the kitchen during this busy time will help keep them safe as well as keep your kitchen less chaotic. Get them involved in games, puzzles, books or even Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.