Cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, cooking fires nearly double on Thanksgiving Day, occurring more than twice as often than on another day. And Thanksgiving Day home fires cause more property damage and claim more lives than home fires on other days.**
How to Avoid Thanksgiving Day—and Every Day—Cooking Fires.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- If you must use a turkey fryer, make sure it is outdoors and in an open area away from all walls, fences or other structures that could catch on fire and away from moisture that can cause serious burns from steam or splattering hot oil. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
- After your Thanksgiving guests leave, ask a family member to perform a home safety check to ensure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished.
To continue your safety through the holidays, I will be covering the ER Trauma Center. Make sure that if one of your relatives has a not-so-nice dog, take extra care in letting your children around the mean fur-ball! Dog bites can cause horrible deformities, while also creating unneeded family stress and tension.
*Courtesy: The American Red Cross