Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and eating all that delicious food. However, during your preparation of food, any range of mistakes can lead to disaster. The kitchen is the leading room in homes for fire disasters and cooking is the leading cause of fires in a home. Put these two stats together, and as you can imagine, the dangers of Thanksgiving should not be taken lightly.
Cooks shouldn’t wear any loose clothing while cooking. During the entire cooking process, be sure you never leave the room. Even if someone must leave the kitchen for a short period of time, the stove should be turned off. Other important safety tips include:
- Check back on the food you’re cooking regularly. To be sure you don’t forget about the cooking food, use the oven to turn on a timer.
- Keep young children away from the cooking area. For the safety of your children and your home, try setting up a 3 foot zone around your stove.
- Cooking utensils and accessories that can catch fire, should be kept away from the stove. Some of these items may include pot holders, oven mitts, paper bags, wooden utensils, towels and more.
- To prevent any dangerous grease buildup, regularly clean cooking surfaces.
- Before leaving your home or going to bed, be sure to check that all stoves, ovens or other small appliances are turned off.
- Every home should have a fire extinguisher. If you don’t have one, purchase one and place it in the kitchen for storing.
- Fire alarms are your best friend and can be a life saver. Install a smoke alarm close to the kitchen area, on all levels of the home, and inside and outside of bedrooms. To ensure they are working properly, use the test button each month and replace batteries every year.