Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? According the NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Stay safe this Thanksgiving and be cautious when you’re cooking to prevent home fires.
Don’t Leave Your Cooking Unattended
Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor in cooking fires. Make sure to stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking food on the stovetop. Keep an eye on the food you are cooking so you can prevent fires. When you are making a turkey, don’t leave your home while it is cooking. Check on the turkey frequently.
Be Careful with Kids
Young kids are curious and may try to play with things that could hurt them. During Thanksgiving, keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove. Make sure that kids stay away from hot food or liquids that could cause burns. Keep knives out of reach of children and make sure that electric cords and matches are not within the reach of young kids. Make sure that kids are not left unattended near a burning candle.
Don’t Use a Turkey Fryer
Turkey fryers can be extremely dangerous. On Thanksgiving, opt to use the oven instead of a turkey fryer. Turkey fryers use a large amount of hot oil that can easily ignite and lead to devastating burns and the loss of property. Keep your family and friends safe on Thanksgiving and avoid using a fryer.
Cooking Safety Tips:
- If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove
- Check on your food regularly and use a timer to remind yourself that you’re cooking
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working before Thanksgiving
- Be careful of steam or splashing from hot liquids that could cause burns