It may sound like something our parents would always nag us about, but safety while you cook and prepare the Thanksgiving meal is very important. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s website, “In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.” While the first thing that may come to mind is the thought of how dangerous it may be to deep-fry a turkey, there are lots of other reasons why we need to take precaution. For the safety of the children at home, our pets and even ourselves, it’s always a good idea to brush up on some of the things we can do to prevent a disaster during this holiday week.
There are some very obvious common sense types of rules to follow while we prepare our Thanksgiving feast but it never hurts to remind ourselves of those things. Some of the safety tips that the NFPA website shares are:
- 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 children should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over children, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- 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.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
These all sound like common sense, like “who in their right mind would leave knives around where children can grab them?” Sounds kind of ridiculous right? Yet, year after year we hear of children getting hurt playing with knives that were just out in plain sight where the children could grab them.
Let’s have a great holiday season and remember to follow these simple reminders from the National Fire Protection Association. For more information and safety tips, visit their website.