For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. Keep fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time. Here are a few tips:
Thanksgiving Safety Facts
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
- Unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths, and faulty cooking equipment was second.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food; be home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove.
- Keep knives out of children’s reach.
- Be sure 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.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working.
Source: National Fire Protection Association