Keep Your Kitchen Safe This Thanksgiving
For many people, the fall season is a time to enjoy cooler temperatures, beautifully colored leaves and family oriented get together, like the Thanksgiving holiday. Each November, families, gather to celebrate Thanksgiving holiday. Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.
Cooling fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries in the United States. In fact, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) says, there are nearly 4,300 fires on Thanksgiving Day. That’s more than double the daily average for residential fires. The leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires is food left unattended while cooking.
Whether you or your customers are preparing a quick dinner for two or a lavish Thanksgiving spread, follow these helpful tips to stay safe in the kitchen this Thanksgiving holiday.
Recipe for Kitchen Safety
· 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
· Watch children closely, It is a good rule of thumb to keep children three feet away from the cooking area.
· Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
· Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.
· Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
· 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
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them prior to beginning food preparation
*Tips and statistics reproduced from NFPA’s Website, nfpa.org